The "Bourbon Explorer 502", being under way in position 03 52 48 N, long 007 04 50 E 20 miles SSW of Bonny Island, was embarked, chased and fired upon by 16 armed pirates in two speed boats, on Feb 28, 2019,at 08.15 a.m. The alarm was raised, the vessel increased speed, initiated anti-piracy evasive manoeuvres and non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. The escorting security vessel intervened to repel the pirate attack. As a result of the attack, the supply vessel sustained bullet damage to the bridge. All the crew members were reported safe and a Nigerian Navy vessel escorted the vessel to a safe port.
Pirates attacked the "Advantage Summer" in the morning of March 6, 2019. The attack took place 22 miles west of the Egina FPSO.
The "E. Francis" in position 003 57 20 N, 006 39 00 E, 32 miles southeast of Brass, was approached by pirates armed with machine guns in two speed boats on March 9, 2019, at 11.15 a.m. The captain immediately notified the naval escort security vessel which manoeuvred to engage the pirates. One speed boat closed in from the port side of the vessel and crossed the bow, while the other speed boat exchanged fire with the security vessel. The alarm was raised, the crew proceeded to the engine room and all power was shut down. The pirates boarded the vessel with the aid of an elongated ladder. They broke into the accommodation, vandalized the cabins and took crew belongings and vessel properties. The pirates then proceeded to the engine room, kidnapped five men and escaped. The remaining crew members sailed the "E. Francis" under escort to a safe Nigerian anchorage. One Nigerian Navy armed guard was reported killed in the exchange of fire between the naval security vessel and the pirates. Investigations on the incident were ongoing.
The "Anna", while anchored in position lat 004 54 60N, long 001 14 20W, at the Takoradi anchorage, Ghana, was boarded by unnoticed robbers who stole vessel's stores and escaped on Feb 23, 2019, at 4 a.m. The incident was subsequently reported to local Authorities.
When the "Pilion" was moored at the Macapa anchorage, two robbers armed with knives boarded the vessel using a rope with a hook in position 00.03.50 N, 050.57.80 W, on March 10, 2019, at 04.30 a.m. The Duty Able Seaman on routine rounds spotted the robbers and immediately informed the Officer of the Watch, who raised the alarm. Ab announcement on the PA was made, and the crew was mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers fled the vessel and escaped without stealing anything. The incident was reported to the Macapa Port Authorities. The bulkcarrier sailed from Macapa on March 11 headed to Itacoatiara.