The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has issued the following piracy update from the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) to all ships transiting off Nigeria, off Benin and Gulf of Guinea:
Information available to ONI indicates tankers and supply boats, specifically those with US interests, operating in the Gulf of Guinea are at a heightened risk of being attacked by pirates and criminal elements operating in the region.
This heightened and specific risk will remain, at minimum, from now until 25 December. Gulf of Guinea pirates and criminal elements possess intent, capability, and are actively planning on attacking tankers and/or supply boats during this timeframe. All vessels are advised to be extra vigilant and maintain anti piracy measures when transiting this area and adhere to the latest BMP recommendations.