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Box ship's armed guards return fire to repel pirates off Nigerian coast

A CONTAINERSHIP has been attacked 45 nautical miles southwest of Brass, Nigeria, according to Clearwater Dynamics, a vessel tracking service

23 January 2020 - 19:00

A CONTAINERSHIP has been attacked 45 nautical miles southwest of Brass, Nigeria, according to Clearwater Dynamics, a vessel tracking service.

Kiev's Maritime Bulletin, which specialises in marine casualties, suspects the attacked ship was the 1,033-TEU MSC Grace, though this has not been confirmed.



Clearwater Dynamics reported that a black speedboat with a white flag and 15 armed pirates onboard, fired upon the vessel bound for Port Harcourt but then moved away. The Panama-flagged box ship reportedly has armed guards aboard.



The containership's security team returned fire which resulted in the pirates aborting their attack, during which time the crew retreated into the citadel safe room.


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