Reporting indicates that a representative of the ‘HAILUFENG’ company reported that one of their fishing vessels, the HAILUFENG 11 which yesterday was believed to be in the general Cotonou and Lome area, may have been hijacked.
Reporting indicates that the AIS was off and all means of communications with the vessel have failed.
Additional information reports that last time the vessel was spotted, she was slowly heading East 080° at 9kts towards Nigerian waters.
There are 18 crews on board the fishing boat (8 Chinese, 7 Ghanaian, 3 Ivorian).
Update 16 May 20:
On the afternoon of the 16th May 2020 , the Nigerian Navy Ship NGURU left Lagos with a detachment of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service on board to intercept and vessel. The HAILUFENG 11 was intercepted at about 140nm South of Lagos Fairway buoy. Without response from the Fishing boat, an assault was conducted around 2145hrs while the fishing boat was underway. The assault team took control of the vessel at about 2210hrs. Ten pirates were apprehended and all crew members were rescued.