By Maritime Security News
ADDAX FPSO Sendje Barge, OML 126, off Bonny in Rivers State was attacked by Sea Pirates at about 0430 of today, Thursday, July 2, 2020
Nine personnel have been kidnapped by pirates from the BW Offshore FPSO Sendje Berge off Nigeria, BW Offshore is cooperating with local authorities, represented on site by the Nigerian Navy,” the company said in a short statement.
“The incident onboard the FPSO has ended and none of those remaining onboard have suffered physical injuries. BW Offshore is cooperating with local authorities, represented on site by the Nigerian Navy,” BW Offshore said.
Security analysts Dryad Global said that three vessels were reported to have been used in the attack with one used as a decoy to distract the security vessel guarding the FPSO.
Dryad commented: “The kidnap of foreign personnel by groups involved in militancy is not unusual for the Niger Delta however is less common in the offshore domain.
According to world Maritime is News, “This latest attack brings the total number of kidnapped personal in maritime incidents within West Africa to 74 in 2020. Kidnap reporting within 2020 is currently tracking at 51% higher than that of 2019 across the same time period.”