Perpetrators tried to board a containership owned by Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL) while the vessel was sailing on the high sea in the Gulf of Guinea on February 21, 2019.
More than four men armed with guns onboard an unlit fast boat attempted to board the 3,889 TEU Kota Satria, piracy watchdog ReCAAP ISC informed.
Two of the perpetrators attempted to hook a ladder to ship’s hull. However, they were not successful and slowed down the pursuit. The perpetrators then fired two gunshots toward the ship’s bridge and subsequently to the ship’s accommodation.
Kota Satria’s master-initiated security procedure and contacted company security officer as well as the company’s armed escort vessel and the Nigerian Navy and carried out evasive manoeuvre. Consequently, the fast boat aborted the pursuit.