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Russian marines thwart pirate attack on Nigerian waters

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Russian marines helped Nigeria foil an assault on a vessel within the Gulf of Guinea on Monday.

DAILY POST gathered that the Russian Navy responded to misery calls from the MSC Lucia and Nigerian Navy.

They rushed to the scene from the Vice-Admiral Kulakov presently working within the Gulf of Guinea on a three-week deployment.

A variety of pirates had boarded the container ship 86 nautical miles Southwest of offshore Agbami Oil Terminal.

Inbuilt 1985, Panama-flagged Lucia measuring 189 meters in size and 1,951 TEU, known as at San Pedro port in Cote D’Ivoire final week, then moved to Lome on October 22.

The vessel departed the Togolese capital on the twenty fourth and headed Southeast throughout the Gulf of Guinea.

In line with AIS information supplied by Pole Star, on the morning of the twenty fifth, about 150 nautical miles to the Northwest of Sao Tome, MSC Lucia slowed from 14 knots and stopped.

The Computerized Identification System (AIS) AIS is a system utilized by ships and vessels for identification at sea.

A press release by Russian Ministry of Protection confirmed that the Vice-Admiral Kulakov responded to a SOS.

The crew of Lucia hid within the engine room after reporting that gunmen in a speedboat had been on board.

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Kulakov, an Udaloy-class destroyer, dispatched a Kamov Ka-27PS helicopter carrying sea troopers.

The assertion stated the pirates “received into a quick boat and headed in the direction of the coast at full pace” on the sight of the warfare chopper.

The ministry launched pictures of the ship, the fleeing pirates and their boat. Lucia continued its journey underneath safety.

Russia is on the checklist of prime ten international locations with the world’s largest navies by energetic naval belongings and by tonnage.

Nigeria and West Africa nations have been suggested to extend surveillance of their territories.

In its newest report, the ICC Worldwide Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) acknowledged that the variety of assaults in opposition to ships globally has fallen to the bottom in a long time.

Nigeria reported 4 incidents within the first 9 months of 2021, compared to 17 in 2020 and 41 in 2018.

Michael Howlett, Director, ICC IMB recommended maritime authorities for efforts to cut back incidents within the Gulf of Guinea.

“Nevertheless, there must be sustained efforts to make sure the continued security of seafarers as they transport important items all through the area.

“Coastal States should redouble their coordination and safety measures to make sure that piracy and armed theft incidents proceed to say no”, Howlett stated.

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