…While SIFAX hosts Apapa Gridlock Presidential Task Force***
But for the alertness of the crew and the sharpness of the Master, the tanker NAVIGATOR CAPRICORN would have been boarded by dare devil pirates, while the ship was under way to Lagos from Bonny, Nigeria.
The Maritime First learnt that the tanker, was attacked by pirates in position 03 33N 006 40E, some 56 nautical miles off Bonny, at 0430 UTC on Saturday August 17.
It was further learnt that one the armed gang swooped on the vessel, the Master promptly took evasive actions, alarm was raised and the Crew quickly retreated to citadel, activating security alarm.
Fortunately, the Nigerian Navy team arrived timely, forcing the bandits to flee.
On arrival, they promptly boarded the tanker, searched the vessel and found one crew missing in citadel.
The crew had actually hidden himself where he could not be easily located. He came out later, on his own, when he understood his safety was guaranteed.
No information was given in terms of looted property, either of the ship’s or of personal effects.
But track information showed that the tanker returned to Bonny and had remained there, even as Friday morning, August 23.
It could not be ascertained, even by the Fleetmon, if tanker was actually attempting to replace stolen equipment or, merely repairing broken parts, which occurred during the attack.
In the meantime, as part of its commitment towards ensuring a sustainable solution to the Apapa traffic gridlock, SIFAX Group management team on Friday hosted the Apapa Gridlock Presidential Task Force team led by Kayode Opeifa its Team Lead.
The meeting was facilitated by the Nigerian Shippers Council.