How Nigerian firm rescued Chinese vessel from pirates attack
What could have been another deadly attack on Nigerian waters was averted recently when an indigenous firm Ocean Marine Solutions Limited, (OMSL), deployed its mercenaries in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy to rescue a Chinese vessel from pirates attack.
According to a report from Fleetmon, (builders of the world’s first public vessel data collection), a general cargo ship, the Hungarian Glory, managed by Tianjin Xinhai International was attacked by pirates March 5th on the coastal side of Lagos waters.
The report stated, “The ship was drifting after the attack, not responding to contact requests. According to track, the ship started moving at around 1300 UTC Mar 6, after about an hour went adrift again. As of 1500 UTC Mar 6, the ship was still adrift or moving at slow speed, Nigerian Navy patrol boat NNS SPARROW approaching – in nearly 24 hours after the alert, in the vicinity of Lagos with 23 crew reportedly all Chinese.”
The NNS Sparrow is one of the patrol boats of the OMSL audited and approved by the Nigerian Navy and fitted with comprehensive communication equipment, enabling full situational awareness for clients’ enhanced protection. It executed the rescue mission and safely brought the vessel back to Lagos.
A close source said: “The vessel is not our client’s vessel but the Navy beckoned on us to assist considering the amount of bureaucracy it would take for them to execute. We work with the Navy and they are in charge of our vessels so it was easy for them to divert our vessel from SAA (Secure Anchorage Area) for the rescue. They only informed us of their decision because it is of national interest.”
This feat has understandably elicited local and international maritime operators.
According to a Chinese operator, “We are glad that when it was necessary, Nigeria had a company it could call on for such an emergency operation. We applaud the OMSL for their prompt, proactive and professional intervention.”
Over the years, the OMSL, established to enhance the safeguarding of maritime-related commercial investments by offering expert advice and real-time solutions to security problems, has gone further by providing premier security solutions that help to promote a safe business environment.