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June 28, 2010

Marad issues Gulf of Guinea warning

The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued an advisory on high risk waters of the Gulf of Guinea.

It says that armed groups that operate in the region have carried out attacks on vessels with automatic weapons. Attackers have taken the master and other crewmembers off the vessel and demanded a ransom in exchange for their safe return. Vessels operating in close proximity of the oil platforms in Nigerian waters stand greater risk from armed attacks.

Robbers armed with knives have boarded vessels in these waters and have robbed crew and ship equipment. Most events occur close to shore or at anchorages. Armed robbers come onboard looking for valuables and equipment they can steal.

U.S.-flag operators with ships in these high risk waters should transit with extreme caution and vigilance and must comply with U.S. Coast Guard Marsec directive 104-6 (rev. 3) and accordingly, should conduct a pre-voyage risk assessment and incorporate appropriate protective measures into their vessel security plan.


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