A Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) Chartered Vessel, LNG Lagos II, stopped pirates’ attack in Bonny, Rivers State.

General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi-Williams stated: “NLNG Chartered Vessel, LNG Lagos II, in the early hours of Friday, December 18, 2020, reported a pirate threat to vessel and crew en route the company’s Bonny Terminal.

He said all personnel were safe and there is no report of physical attack or damage to the vessel.

“The threat was averted after an evasive manoeuvre by the vessel’s master.

“Company is currently monitoring the situation and relevant authorities have been duly notified,” he stated.

There have been concerns that the surge in cases of pirate attacks and kidnapping of crews on the Gulf of Guinea and Nigerian waters may further threaten shipping activities in the country.

Dryad’s analysis reports about 27 kidnapping incidents in the region in 2020 with a total of 138 people having been kidnapped.