The container ship Maersk Cotonou was attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on 25 nautical miles south off Bonny, Nigeria. The vessel was en route from Onne to Walvis Bay, but at Bight of Bonny was approached by speed boat with group of eight heavy armed men, who tried to board the carrier. The crew spotted the pirates and maneuvered to prevent the attack. The container ship Maersk Cotonou succeeded to escape from the pirates attack and reported the accident to the local authorities. The navy and local authorities are trying to trace the pirates and find the group appurtenance, but the investigation is under way. The container carrier was allowed to resume voyage to Walvis Bay.
During the piracy attack there were no injured people and no damages of the carrier. The crew succeeded to react accordingly and avoided boarding, which prevent from capsizing the vessel or more serious accidents. The carrier will continue operations without reported delay.
The container ship Maersk Cotonou (IMO: 9525297) has overall length of 249.00 m, moulded beam of 37.00 m and maximum draft of 12.30 m. The ship has deadweight of the 61,614 DWT and gross tonnage of 50,869 GRT. The container carrier was built in 2011 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. The container ship Maersk Cotonou is operating under the flag of Singapore and managed by AP Moller Maersk.