2017-007A-Piracy/Hijacking-Gulf of Guinea

Two incidents have been reported in the Gulf of Guinea in the past six days; the first reportedly occurred south of Port Harcourt, Nigeria at 0600 GMT on October 21, 2017.  The second reportedly occurred in the vicinity of 03-35.50N 006-49.20E at 1905 GMT on October 25, 2017; both incidents have been confirmed.  The nature of the first incident was piracy and kidnapping; the nature of the second incident was piracy.  Exercise caution when transiting this area.  Additional information on threats and maritime security resources in the Gulf of Guinea are available in U.S. Maritime Advisory 2015-005 at http://www.marad.dot.gov/msci/advisory.  Further updates will be provided when available.  This alert will automatically expire on November 2, 2017.  Any questions regarding this alert should be directed to marsec@state.gov.