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Acts of piracy

1 October, 2009

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04.09.2009: 1902 UTC: Posn: 03:48.03N – 009:25.04E: Douala, near buoy no. B3, Cameroon.

Armed robbers in two skiffs, approached a LPG tanker restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. One skiff managed to throw a hook and line over the vessel. The alert crew raised the alarm, switched on the deck lights and mustered. Seeing alert crew the robbers aborted and moved away. Later the Master heard over the VHF that armed robbers had assaulted the crew and looted another vessel. The robbers had jammed the VHF signal for the duration of the attack.

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04.09.2009: 2100 LT: Mamonal inner anchorage, Colombia.

Robbers boarded a product tanker at anchor, unnoticed, and stole ship’s property and escaped. Duty crew observed the padlock of the forward store broken and raised the alarm. Crew mustered and searched the area and found traces of bare feet on deck. Coast guard informed and they came for investigation.

 

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05.09.2009: 1610 UTC: Posn: 02:03.8N – 045:30.65E: Mogadishu anchorage: Somalia.

Ten heavily armed robbers in two speedboats opened fire at a general cargo ship carrying out repairs to her engines at anchorage. Crew threw molotov cocktails and signal rockets at the speedboats. One crew injured. Vessel sustained damages.
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06.09.2009: 2130 UTC: Koko port, Nigeria.

Whilst berthed, after discharging operations, about fifty robbers boarded a chemical tanker from the jetty. They tried to steal remaining palm oil from the tanks but crew prevented them. The robbers were very aggressive. Crew took shelter in the superstructure. All attempts to contact the authorities were in vain. Robbers stole ship’s stores and escaped.

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07.09.2009: 0600 UTC: Posn: 03:53.50N – 006:47.50E, Bonny river, Nigeria.

About nine pirates, heavily armed with automatic weapons, in a speed boat boarded and hijacked an offshore tug. The pirates used the tug to attack another vessel in the vicinity. The pirates robbed crew personal belongings. After around 40 minutes the pirates left both the vessels and headed off towards the coast.

 

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09.09.2009: 0330 LT: Posn: 22:10.6N – 091:46.4E: Chittagong ‘C’ anchorage: Bangladesh.

Duty watchmen on an anchored vessel noticed a speed boat come alongside. Two robbers armed with long knives boarded. Alarm raised and crew alerted. Robbers stole ship’s stores and escaped. Authorities informed but no response.

 

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06.09.2009: 2130 UTC: Koko port, Nigeria.

Whilst berthed, after discharging operations, about fifty robbers boarded a chemical tanker from the jetty. They tried to steal remaining palm oil from the tanks but crew prevented them. The robbers were very aggressive. Crew took shelter in the superstructure. All attempts to contact the authorities were in vain. Robbers stole ship’s stores and escaped.

 

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13.09.2009: 2150 LT: Posn: 03:56.7N – 098:46.1E, Belawan anchorage, Indonesia.

Robbers armed with long knives boarded a container ship at anchor. Duty watch keeper sighted the robbers and informed the duty officer who raised ship’s alarm and mustered crew. On investigating, the crew saw the forecastle door open and a rope ladder rigged. The robbers had broken into the forecastle store and stolen ship’s stores. No injuries to crew. The robbers escaped. Master reported to port authority.

 

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14.09.2009: 0445 LT: Posn: 01:18.30N – 104:12.56E: EOPL Singapore Straits.

Six robbers in a small boat came alongside a chemical tanker at anchor. Two robbers, armed with knives boarded the tanker, whilst the remaining stayed in the boat. Duty AB noticed the robbers and rushed into the accommodation and informed the duty officer who raised alarm, sounded fog horn, alerted crew members and warned all vessels by VHF radio. Upon seeing the alert crew, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. Singapore VTIS informed.

 

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14.09.2009: 0240 LT: Posn: 01:18.37N – 104:13.94E: Singapore Straits.

Five robbers in a small craft approached a tanker at anchor. They used hooks attached to a pole and attempted to board but alert crew and vigilant anti piracy watch prevented them from boarding.

 

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15.09.2009: 2200 LT: Posn: 22:09.4N – 091:47.2E: Chittagong ‘C’ anchorage, Bangladesh.

Twelve robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier from the stern. They took as hostage the stern duty watchman and started stealing ship stores. Later the roving deck watchmen noticed the robbers and informed the duty officer on bridge. Alarm raised and crew alerted. When crew approached stern, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. Ship’s stores stolen. Authorities informed.

 

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16.09.2009: 1400 UTC: Posn: 15:20.0N – 056:27.8E: Off Oman.

A boat drifting on port beam of a container ship underway, increased speed and approached the ship. Due to ships higher speed, the boat was unable to get closer. The pirate boat aborted the attempt.

 

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16.09.2009: 1020 UTC: Posn: 15:29N – 041:34E: Red Sea.

While underway two high speed boats chased a tanker. The tanker altered course to keep the boats in the wake. Later the boats aborted the attempt.

 

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18.09.2009: 0440 LT: Posn: 21:41.80N-088:01.00E: Sagar road Kolkata, India.

Whilst anchored, robbers armed with knives boarded a container ship from the starboard side when the duty watchman was taking rounds on the port side. As the duty watchmen came to the starboard side the robbers threatened him with knives. Robbers stole ship’s stores and escaped. Local authorities informed.

 

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18.09.2009: 0120 LT: Posn: 14:20.2N – 049:47.1E: Gulf of Aden.

While underway, pirates in a small boat approached a ship and came as close as five meters. Alarm raised and crew alerted. Pirates aborted the attempt to board due to crew alertness.

 

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18.09.2009: 1927 UTC: Posn: 03:55.2N - 098:45.8E: Belawan outer anchorage, Indonesia.

Three robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored chemical tanker via the forecastle by using a rope and hook. The robbers threatened the forward duty AB who raised the alarm and retreated into the accommodation. Crew mustered and went forward to check. Upon seeing the crew the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with ship’s equipment. Attempt to contact authorities were futile.

 

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18.09.2009: 1720 UTC: Posn: 03:23.7N-105:22.1E: Off Anambas Island, South China Sea.

Six pirates armed with knives and machetes boarded a chemical tanker underway from astern using ropes. They entered the accommodation, went to the bridge and took hostage duty officer, hit him on his head, tied up his hands and left the bridge unmanned while they then took him to master’s cabin. The pirates stole cash money and personal belongings of master and duty officer. They then went to chief officer’s cabin and stole personal belongings. The pirates then took the captain on deck and held him hostage until they disembarked into their boat and escaped. No injuries to crew.

 

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9.09.2009: 2230 LT: Posn: 03:00N – 105:14E, Off Pulau Mangkai, South China Sea.

Eight pirates armed with long knives and crowbars boarded a bulk carrier underway. They broke into 2/O cabin, tied up his hands and threatened him with a long knife at his throat. Pirates forced the 2/O to call the master. While the pirates were waiting next to the master’s door, they seized C/E and tied up his hands. The pirates rushed inside the Master’s cabin once it was opened. They threatened the Master with long knives and crowbars and demanded money. Master’s hands were tied up and they forced him to the aft station. The pirates jumped into a long wooden skiff with ship’s cash and crew personal belongings and escaped. C/E and 2/O managed to free themselves and raised the alarm. No injuries to crew.

 

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19.09.2009: 0605 UTC: Posn: 13:52N – 051:07E, Gulf of Aden.

About seven pirates armed with guns in a six-meter long, white coloured speedboat, fired upon a bulk carrier underway. They attempted to board the ship but were unable to do so due to the evasive manoeuvres and anti-piracy measures taken by the crew. Master contacted coalition forces for assistance. Pirates aborted the attempt upon seeing a coalition helicopter arriving at the scene. No injuries to crew.

 

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19.09.2009: 0550 UTC: Posn: 13:52.10N – 051:04.17E, Gulf of Aden.

Four pirates armed with machine guns, in a six meter long, white coloured skiff, approached from a pirate mother vessel and fired upon a chemical tanker underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, informed ships in vicinity and contacted warships for assistance. Crew mustered and activated anti-piracy measures. A coalition helicopter arrived and pirates aborted the attack. No injuries to crew. Bridge window damaged.

 

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19.09.2009: 0600 UTC: Posn: 13:54.2N – 051:09.8E, Gulf of Aden.

About six pirates armed with guns, in a small white coloured speedboat, attempted to attack a bulk carrier underway in a convoy with two other ships. Master altered course, contacted coalition warships for assistance and crew activated anti-piracy measures. Pirates chased the ship for 20 minutes and aborted the attempt upon arrival of a coalition helicopter.

 

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20.09.2009: 1545 LT: Posn: 12:49.48N – 048:11.82E: Gulf of Aden.

One speed boat with seven armed pirates approached a general cargo ship underway with intend to board. Ship activated anti piracy measures, armed guards onboard exchanged fire with the pirates. The pirates aborted the attempt were seen heading towards the Yemeni coast. All ships in the vicinity and coalition warship were informed via VHF radio.

 

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20.09.2009: 0815 LT: Posn: 03:59N – 006:46E, Bonny river, Nigeria.

Six pirates armed with guns boarded a refrigerated cargo ship underway/drifting. Pirates stole ships and crew cash. The pirates ransacked the crew cabins, stole personal belongings and left the vessel after around one hour. No crew injured. SSAS alarm was raised.

 

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21.09.2009: Outside breakwater, Lagos port, Nigeria.

Nine robbers in two boats came close to the astern of a vehicle carrier underway. One of the robbers managed to get onto the stern ramp recess. The vigilant crew sighted the robbers and shouted at them. Upon seeing crew alertness the robbers aborted their attempt and moved away.

 

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22.09.2009: 1555 UTC: Posn: 22:14.6N – 091:43.0E: Chittagong anchorage: Bangladesh.

Five armed robbers boarded a bulk carrier at anchor via the stern. Duty seaman doing routine rounds sensed suspicious activities astern and went to investigate. He encountered robbers and was threatened with knives but managed to escape. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Robbers escaped by jumping into the water. Upon investigation, it was discovered robbers managed to enter into the steering flat. Ship stores stolen.

 

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26.09.2009: 0800 UTC: Posn: 12:15N – 045:39E, Gulf of Aden.

Pirates in a skiff chased a bulk carrier underway. Master carried out evasive manoeuvres, increased speed and informed coalition warships. A coalition warship and a helicopter intervention prevented the pirates to continue the attempt. No injuries to crew and no damage to ship.

 

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26.09.2009: 0120 UTC: Posn: 13:11.57N – 049:25.11E, Gulf of Aden.

Eight pirates armed with guns in two high powered speed boats attempted to board a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, took evasive manoeuvres, fired parachute signals, activated SSAS and contacted coalition warships for assistance. Sea water kept running on deck constantly and crew locked themselves in bridge. Pirates started firing at the bridge and a coalition warship advised that they were getting closer to the ship. Pirates aborted the attempt upon seeing the warship. A coalition helicopter carried out inspection outside the ship’s superstructure along every deck and confirmed no pirates onboard. Ship resume course.

 

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26.09.2009: 0115 UTC: Posn: 13:11.95N – 049:19.14E, Gulf of Aden.

Four pirates armed with guns chased and fired upon a bulk carrier underway. Master increased speed and carried out evasive manoeuvres and also contacted coalition warships. Coalition warship came to assist and the pirates aborted the attack on sighting the warship.

 

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27.09.2009: 1600 UTC: Posn: 22:15.4N – 091:43.5E: Chittagong anchorage: Bangladesh.

Duty officer onboard a container ship arrived at poop deck and spotted one robber near entrance to rope store. When duty officer approached the robber two other robbers armed with long knives began to chase him. He retreated to the main deck and alerted other crew members. Crew with crow bars arrived at poop deck but by then the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with stolen ropes.

 

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27.09.2009: 0002 LT: Posn: 22:11.22N – 091:43.24E, Chittagong anchorage ‘B’, Bangladesh.

Eight robbers armed with long knives in a small wooden fishing boat boarded a product tanker at anchor. Duty bosun sighted them and informed OOW who raised the alarm. Robbers threatened one watchman with long knives, cut off some mooring ropes and jumped into the water and escaped with the stolen stores. Port control informed.

 

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28.09.2009: 2350 LT: Posn: 10:16.7N – 064:42.1W, Puerto la Cruz anchorage, Venezuela.

Three robbers in a boat boarded a chemical tanker at anchor. Duty crew spotted them and raised alarm. On seeing alert crew the robbers jumped overboard and escaped.

 

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28.09.2009: 2030 LT: Posn: 22:14.2N – 091:44.2E, Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh.

Eight robbers in a fishing boat attempted to board a bulk carrier at anchor. Duty AB spotted them and raised alarm. Seeing the alert crew the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. Nothing stolen.

 

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29.09.2009: 0330 LT: Sagar anchorage: India.

Robbers boarded a bulk carrier, unnoticed, and stole ship’s stores and escaped. The robbery was discovered later by duty officer and watchmen during rounds.

 


  

 

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