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Acts of piracy

22 November, 2017

·          03.10.2017: 16.50 UTC: Posn: 14:33.4N – 120:54.6E, Manila South Port Anchorage, Philippines.
Around six to eight robbers boarded an anchored container ship and were noticed by the duty crew who raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties.
·          06.10.2017: 07.00 UTC: Posn: 13:30N – 050:03E, Gulf of Aden.
The Master onboard a bulk Carrier JAG AMAR (IMO No 9723851, flag of India) underway observed a boat with two skiffs approaching. Naval vessel was notified. As the boat closed in, ladders were sighted. The Master raised alarm and all crew mustered. The Naval vessel chased the boat and later boarded it and confiscated weapons and ladders. Vessel and crew safe.
·          12.10.2017: 00.20 UTC: Posn: 01:11.1N – 103:33.6E, Singapore Straits.
Five persons in two wooden crafts approached and boarded an unmanned rig under tow. The tug Master raised the alarm and notified the local authorities. MMEA dispatched its assets to assist, however the persons had escaped. Vessel and crew safe.
·          13.10.2017: 17.05 UTC: Posn: 00:13S – 117:35E, Muara Berau, Samarinda Inner Anchorage, Indonesia.
Two robbers in a wooden craft boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain. They stole ship’s properties and threatened Duty AB with knives. As the robbers were escaping, with stolen ship’s properties, the duty AB raised the alarm and crew alerted. Local agent informed.
·          17.10.2017: 15.50 UTC: Posn: 01:16.1N – 104:12.7E, around 9nm NW off Todang, Bintan Island, Indonesia.
While underway, duty crew onboard a bulk carrier noticed two unauthorised persons on the aft deck. OOW notified and alarm raised. Seeing the alerted crew, the persons escaped in their waiting boat. On carrying out a search, engine spares were reported missing. 
·          17.10.2017: 16.30 UTC: Posn: 22:47.3N – 070:01.8E, Kandla Anchorage, India.
Two robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty officer spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties.
·          18.10.2017: 23.30 UTC: Posn: 20:13.9N – 066:55.1E, 180 nm Southwest of Porbander LT (India), Arabian Sea.
While sailing, an unknown number of pirates on board two suspicious skiffs chased after the tanker PACIFIC SKY (IMO No 9408554, flag of Marshall Islands) and attempted to board, but failed. The Master raised the distress alert via VHF Channel 16 and warned all ships in the vicinity. He then triggered the fog horn to chase away the suspicious craft, increased the speed of the ship and informed the UKMTO, alerted the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and continued the voyage.
·          20.10.2017: 03.20 UTC: Posn: 10:11.3N – 64:46.9W,  Puerto Jose anchorage (Venezuela).
Crew onboard the anchored tanker spotted five robbers on the poop deck and raised the alarm. Upon seeing the crew alertness, the robbers fled. A search was conducted, following which it was determined that nothing had been stolen.
·          21.10.2017: 06.06 UTC: Posn: 03:47.07N – 07:08.6E, approx. 38 nm South of Bonny (Nigeria).
While underway, pirates attacked the container ship DEMETER (IMO No 9298636, flag of Liberia). Six crew members reported missing. The ship and remaining crew are safe and continued her passage. Local authorities informed.
·          24.10.2017: 07.10 UTC: Posn: 11:50N – 054:30E, around 37nm SE of Socotra Island, Yemen.
Armed pirates in two skiffs approached, fired upon and damaged a fishing dhow underway. One crew was reported killed and three injured, because of the firing. The coalition navies responded and assisted the fishing dhow. Medical and damage control assistance was provided by the coalition navies resulting in the fishing dhow being able to continue her journey.
·          25.10.2017: 20.20 UTC: Posn: 07.44.1S – 109.04.0E, Cilacap Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored LPG tanker. The duty crew on routine rounds spotted the robbers on the main deck. Alarm raised, SSAS activated and all crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties. Local authorities boarded the vessel for investigation.
·          26.10.2017: 20.05 UTC: Posn: 03:35.5N – 006:49.2E, around 51nm SSW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
While underway, armed pirates from a speed boat boarded the tanker FRONT COSMOS (IMO No 9769817, flag of Marshall Islands). The 23 crew members retreated into the citadel and contacted the owners for help. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre received the message and immediately liaised with the Nigerian Navy who dispatched a warship which arrived at the location and went alongside the tanker. After the crew members emerged from the citadel a search was conducted. No pirates were found onboard the tanker. The warship escorted the tanker until she was out of the HRA. The tanker continued her passage to the next port.
·          27.10.2017: 20.00 UTC: Posn: 07:51S – 109:04E, Cilacap Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty watch on board an anchored tanker spotted a robber near the emergency generator room. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Hearing the alarm, the robber along with a three more were seen escaping from the emergency generator room. On carrying out a search nothing reported stolen. Port control informed through local agents.
·          27.10.2017: 11.20 UTC: Posn: 00:41.8N – 006:03.6E, around 35nm NW of Sao Tome & Principe Coast.
Five skiffs approached a LPG Tanker HELLAS GLADIATOR (IMO No 9732503, flag of Malta) underway. Alarm raised, crew mustered, Master increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvres. Due to the bad weather and the evasive manoeuvres the skiffs aborted the attack and moved away. 
·          27.10.2017: 21.30 UTC: Posn: 01:27.2N – 104:38.4E, around 13NM NNE of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia
Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored product tanker. Duty crew on routine rounds spotted the robbers and informed the bridge. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed. All crew safe.
·          29.10.2017: 06.30 UTC: Posn: 10:19.5N – 075:31.7W, Cartagena Inner Anchorage, Columbia.
Duty officers onboard an anchored LPG tanker noticed a small boat near the anchor chain. Alarm raised. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers were seen escaping with stolen ship’s properties. Port control was informed. Roving craft sent by port control.
·          29.10.2017: 17.42 UTC: Posn: 01:16.17N – 104:13.18E, around 4nm SSE of Kampung Sungai Buntu Coast, Malaysia.
Five robbers with knives in a skiff boat boarded a tanker underway and entered the engine room, threatened the duty oiler with a knife and tied him up. As the robbers moved away the duty oiler retreated into the control room and notified the OOW. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties. A search was carried out. Incident reported to Singapore port operations. Singapore Coast Guard called the vessel to ensure vessel safe.
·          31.10.2017: 19.45 UTC: Posn: 01:29.0N – 104:43.5E, around 17.7NM NE Tanjung Berakit, Bintan Islands, Indonesia (South China Sea).
During routine rounds, duty engineer on board an anchored product tanker noticed footprints in the Engine Room. On carrying out a search, engine spares were reported missing. Review of CCTV recording confirmed tanker to be boarded by five robbers. 

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