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Acts of piracy

21 February, 2018

·          01.01.2018: 00.30 UTC: Posn: 20:57.08N – 107:19.33E, Cam Pha Loading Anchorage, Vietnam.
A robber boarded an anchored vessel during cargo operations and escape with stolen ship's properties. The theft was noticed by crew on routine rounds.
·          01.01.2018: 03.00 LT: Posn: 14:33.5N – 120:54.7E, South Harbour Anchorage, Philippines.
Around seven robbers boarded an anchored container ship stole ship’s properties and escaped. The master reported the incident to the port authorities who notified the coast guard. A patrol boat was dispatched resulting in the perpetrators being apprehended and the stolen properties recovered.
·          03.01.2018: 06.00 UTC: Posn: 02:27.4N – 101:39.11E, around 9nm WSW Of Port Dickson, Malaysia.
OOW noticed a speed boat with five masked persons holding a long hook approaching the vessel. Alarm raised and crew mustered with fire hoses. Seeing the crew alertness, the speed boat moved away.
·          03.01.2018: 06.20 UTC: Posn: 10:11.89N – 064:50.83W, Puerto Jose Anchorage, Venezuela.
Five robbers in a small boat boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty AB noticed the robbers and reported to OOW, who raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped. Master contacted port control but did not receive a reply. All crew safe.
·          03.01.2018: 21.58 UTC: Posn: 01:33.1N – 104:47.0E: around 22nm NNE of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
While at anchor, duty watchkeeper spotted five robbers boarding the vessel from the stern. Alarm raised and crew proceeded to the citadel. Later, a search was carried out and no robbers were found onboard. Nothing reported stolen.
·          05.01.2018: 06.15 UTC: Posn: 06:17.8N – 003:19.7E, around 6,24 NM South of Lagos, Nigeria.
Duty crew onboard on board a tanker carrying out STS operations spotted two robbers near the forecastle. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed. Incident reported to the Nigerian Navy.
·          05.01.2018: 18.30 UTC: Posn: 00:16.22S – 117:36.11E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Five robbers approached an anchored bulk carried in a small boat and attempted to board via the anchor chain. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers and shouted at them resulting in the robbers retreating and moving away. 
 
·          08.01.2018: 23.00 UTC: Posn: 00:16.15S – 117:43.01E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Ship's crew on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed robbers attempting to board the vessel via the anchor chain and informed the OOW who sounded the fog horn. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers aborted the attempt and escaped in a small boat.
·          10.01.2018: Posn: Cotonou Anchorage, Benin.
The managers of an anchored product tanker informed the IMB that they had lost communications with their vessel, Product tanker BARRETT (IMO No 9351749, flag of Marshall Islands). The IMB notified the Nigerian and Benin navies.  A search was carried out. On 16 January 2018, the managers reported that the tanker and her crew arrived safely in Lagos, Nigeria after successful negotiations with the hijackers. Nigerian Authorities are investigating the incident.
·          11.01.2018: 22.00 UTC: Posn: 18:34.34N – 072:22.87W, Port Au Prince Anchorage, Haiti.
Unnoticed a robber boarded an anchored tanker, stole ships properties and escape. The theft was discovered by duty crew during routine rounds.
·          15.01.2018: 03.00 UTC: Posn: 06:18.05N – 003:23.61E, Lagos Outer Anchorage, Nigeria.
Ship’s crew preparing for STS cargo operations onboard an anchored tanker noticed robbers attempting to board the vessel and informed the OOW who raised the alarm. All crew mustered on the bridge, ship’s whistle sounded continuously, additional lights switched on, search lights directed towards the robbers and all access to the accommodation secured. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted the boarding and moved away.
·          20.01.2018: 21.35 UTC: Posn: 00:15.8S – 117:35.3E, Muar Berau Anchorage, Indonesia.
Two robbers boarded an anchored vessel, stole ship properties and escaped. The theft was noticed by crew on routine rounds. Port control informed. 
·          23.01.2018: 05.30 UTC: Posn: 09:30N – 013:43W, Conakry Port Terminal, Guinea.
Crew on routine rounds onboard a berthed container ship noticed one person attempting to gain access onboard the vessel by using the ship’s line. Another person was seen in the water. Alarm raised. Seeing the alerted crew the intruders aborted and swam away. 
·          26.01.2018: 22.00 UTC: Posn: 22:10N – 091:42E, Chittagong B Anchorage, Bangladesh.
During routine rounds duty AB found three Lub oil drums on deck and suspecting something amiss, informed the OOW who alerted the Master and Chief Engr. An investigation carried out. The shore watchmen admitted to have drained the lub oil from the anchor windlass feed tank into the drums. Local agents informed.
·          27.01.2018: 00.01 UTC: Posn: 06:18.23N – 003:20.11E, Lagos STS Anchorage, Nigeria.
Duty AB onboard an anchored product tanker noticed some suspicious movement on the forecastle and immediately informed the D/O who noticed a person hiding behind the mooring winches. Alarm raised, PA announcement made, ship’s horn continuously blown, crew mustered and a Nigerian Navy patrol boat notified. The patrol boat arrived and searched the waters around the tanker. Crew searched the tanker. Nothing reported stolen.
·          27.01.2018: 05.50 UTC: Posn: 12:01.67S – 077:12.10W, Callao Anchorage, Peru.
Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They tied up the forward duty crew, stole ship’s stores and crew’s personal belongings and escaped. A search was carried out. Incident report to port authorities and the local agents.
·          27.01.2018: 12.55 UTC: Posn: 18:34N – 072:24W, Port Au Prince, Inner Anchorage, Haiti. 
Unnoticed robber boarded an anchored product tanker, stole two mooring ropes and a messenger rope and escaped. The theft was noticed during routine rounds. Local Authorities notified.
·          30.01.2018: 22.00 UTC: Posn: 21:48N – 091:48E, Kutubdia Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They threatened the Duty AB, who managed to escape and raise the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. The incident was reported to Bangladesh Coast Guard who boarded the ship for investigation. Later, the Coast Guard managed to recover the stolen stores and delivered to the ship.
·          31.01.2018: 00.50 UTC: Posn: 10:16.5N – 064:42.3W, Puerto La Cruz Anchorage, Venezuela.
Seven robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored tanker and took hostage the duty AB on routine rounds. They threatened him with a knife, tied him up to the windlass rail and stole his safety shoes and portable UHF radio. Another crew near the accommodation noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Crew mustered and a search was carried out and the duty AB was released. The paint store was found broken into and ship’s stores stolen. Attempts to contact the Port Control were futile.
·          31.01.2018: 19.10 UTC: Posn: 10:39N – 107:00.9E, Godau Port, Vietnam.
Two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They took the bosun hostage, threatened and injured him with a knife and then tied him up. The Bosun managed to free himself and informed the Master who then raised the alarm and crew mustered. A search was carried out and ships stores were reported missing. Incident reported to Port Authorities who boarded the vessel for investigation. The bosun was sent ashore for medical treatment. 
·          31.01.2018: 23.06 UTC: Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored product tanker noticed two small boats tied up to the anchor chain and one robber on the forecastle deck. Duty Officer on bridge notified. Alarm raised and fog horn sounded. Seeing the alerted crew, the robber escaped. Nigerian Navy patrol boat notified. The patrol boat arrived and searched the waters around the tanker. Crew searched the tanker. Nothing reported stolen.

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