The vessel, approached by a speedboat with eight armed men, managed to evade pirates using speed and maneuvering.
Container ship Maersk Cotonou - Image courtesy: lappino/shipspotting
Pirates believed to be the same group which attacked offshore vessel, escorted by Nigerian Navy ship, some 4-5 hours earlier. The attack was thwarted by Navy ship fire.
The container ship applied counter piracy measures which were successful and then Maersk Cotonou continued to its destination, bound for Walvis Bay.