Librevvile, Gabon — Reporting indicates that two trawlers were boarded off Libreville, GABON. One incident occurred at 20nm from shore and the second 36nm from shore. Reports suggest that the incident involved a single skiff with 13 persons on board.
Vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution in this area.
This is the second incident in the waters off Libreville within 2020. The previous incident occurring at 52nm off Libreville against the TALLIA F resulting in the kidnap of 7 crew.
Details of this latest incident remain unclear and will be updated accordingly. Within 2019 there were three incidents off Libreville, all occurring in December 19.
Fishing vessels have been previously targeted in the vicinity with two vessels being boarded in December 19 involving the kidnap of 4 Chinese personnel.