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Kidnapping – 3nm Offshore Ramos River 9nm East of Forcados Terminal

By January 5, 2020Incident Reports



02 January 2020 2300 hrs UTC


05 07.8N 005 20.4E

Ship Dimension

83.5m x 14.5m

Vessel / Cargo

Hopper Dredger


nm Offshore Ramos River 9nm East of Forcados Terminal

Source Confidence Level


What Exactly Happened

Incident Overview

Reporting indicates that the Oil Dredger AMBIKA, has been attacked when operating 3nm from the mouths of RAMOS river and 9nm east of the Forcados terminal. It is understood that a firefight occurred between the embarked security personnel on the AMBIKA and the pirates. After heavy exchange of fire the pirates were able to board the vessel and abducted 3 crew members (2 Russians and 1 Indian) leaving behind 5 crew members.  It was reported that 4 military armed personnel have been killed during the attack with two injured.

Our Experts Say

Dryad Analysis

This is the first offshore incident within this location since November 2018 when a vessel (also with embarked security personnel) was fired upon. Incidents within this general area occur with relative regularity however are commonly found within the creeks and rivers. As such, the majority of legacy incidents in this area have focused upon the opportune kidnap of locals and personnel involved in the protection and manning of oil and gas infrastructure. In addition to this, the hijacking and theft of passenger vessels within the creek areas is a common occurrence. These targets present a low-risk option for pirates and are a valuable source of income and resources for these groupings. Offshore incidents remain uncommon and comparatively, with the wider Delta area, the areas around the Forcados Terminal have been a lower risk for offshore operations. This latest incident indicates that  PAG’s within this area have a preference for opportune targets and the prevalence of these within close proximity to shore and within the creeks and rivers is what could be said to have led to a low number of deep offshore incidents in this location.

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