Maersk Cotonou Thwarts Pirate Attack

by on November 24, 2016

Danish shipping company, Maersk Line, has confirmed as unsuccessful an attack by suspected Niger Delta militants on its ocean-going container ship, Maersk Cotonou.

According to the company, the attackers’ attempt to forcefully board the 4,496 TEU vessel off the Nigerian coast over the weekend was repelled by its crew who applied counter-piracy measures, adding that both crew and cargo were safe, while the ship had resumed its voyage.

The 2011-built vessel was said to be en route Walvis Bay, Namibia, having set sail from Onne Port in Rivers State on November 19, when it was attacked by the same group of about eight persons believed to have also attempted an in-bound convoy earlier that day.

The attack occurred a day after the ECOWAS Parliament rounded off its week-long peace and security meeting during which it tasked governments of member-states to implement the anti-piracy charters already signed, while the individual parliaments should perfect the relevant legislations that would make the fight fruitful.

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