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Acts of piracy

3 April, 2018

·          01.02.2018: 07.48 UTC: Posn: 06:16N – 002:31E, Cotonou Anchorage, Benin. 
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) received a missing vessel report from the Owners of an anchored Product tanker Marine Express (IMO No 9403322, flag of Panama), awaiting berthing instruction. The Owners reported that they had lost contact with the tanker laden with gasoline. The last communication received was on 01 Feb 2018 at 0748 UTC. The IMB PRC immediately notified all the Regional Authorities and the International warships in the Gulf of Guinea, and a search was carried out. The IMB PRC broadcast a message to all ships in the region to look out for the missing tanker. On 06 Feb 2018, the Owners confirmed that the tanker was released. The crew and cargo safe.
·          06.02.2018: 17.15 UTC: Posn: 22:08.6N – 091:44.0E, Chittagong Anchorage C, Bangladesh.
Four robbers armed with guns boarded an anchored general cargo vessel and threatened the duty watchman who managed to escape. Alarm raised, PA announcement made and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. The incident reported to the Coast Guard.
·          06.02.2018: 02.12 UTC: Posn: 10:10.60N – 064:47.7W, Puerto Jose Anchorage, Venezuela.
Four robbers boarded an anchored tanker. Duty AB on routine rounds noticed the robbers and immediately notified the OOW, who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped in a small boat with stolen ship’s properties. Incident reported to Port Authorities.
·          09.02.2018: 06.00 UTC; Posn: 03:40 .. – 006:45.00 .., around 48nm SSW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Heavily armed pirates attacked, fired upon and boarded a vessel while underway. A crew member was injured during the gunfire. The pirates kidnapped four crew members, stole the ship's property and cash and escaped. The remaining crew sailed the ship to open seas.
·          09.02.2018: 12.45 UTC: Posn: 04:06.0N – 008:51.0E, around 10nm SW of Idenao, Cameroon.
Persons armed with AK47 assault rifles boarded a fishing vessel Luwen-Yu 2 (flag of China), kidnapped three crew members and escaped. The Cameroonian Authorities notified and are currently investigating the incident.
·          09.02.2018: 19.30 UTC: Posn: 22:11.56N – 088:09.59E, Diamond Harbour Anchorage, Kolkata, India.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier heard an unusual sound coming from the anchor chain. Upon checking, he noticed one robber climbing the anchor chain. He also saw two more persons waiting in a small boat. The duty AB shouted at the robber resulting in the robber aborting the climb and escaping.
·          11.02.2018: 21.20 UTC: Posn: 22:07.70N – 091:43.41E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Five robbers armed with knives in a small boat attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier using ropes attached with hooks. The crew noticed the robbers and informed the Master and prepared the fire hoses to stop the robbers. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped empty handed.
·          15.02.2018: 01.12 UTC: Posn: 10:14.2N – 064:44.2W, Puerto La Cruz Anchorage, Venezuela.
Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored tanker. Duty AB on routine rounds saw the robbers and notified the OOW. The AB was threatened by one of the robbers. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. Incident reported to the Puerto La Cruz VTS. A Coast Guard patrol boat was dispatched to investigate.
·          15.02.2018: 05.25 UTC: Posn: Macapa Anchorage, Brazil.
The OOW onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed the forecastle door open and unauthorised persons on the forward deck. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped. On searching the vessel, ship’s stores were reported stolen. Port Authority notified via local agent.
·          15.02.2018: 18.50 UTC: Posn: 03:42.59N – 007:05.59E, around 40nm SSW of Bonny, Nigeria. 
Four pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon a container ship LUTETIA (IMO No 9246695, flag of Liberia) underway. The Master increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvres. Due to the presence of a Nigerian naval escort boat the pirates aborted and moved away. Crew and ship reported safe. 
·          16.02.2018: Night hours: Posn: 06:44.21N – 122:23.50E: Off Sibago Island, Philippines.
Armed persons in a boat approached a general cargo ship KUDOS 1 (IMO No 9133044, flag of Philippines) underway. Alarm raised and distress calls made. The Philippines Coast Guard (PCG) immediately responded by dispatching its naval boats. As the armed persons attempted to board the ship the crews poured hot water on the perpetrators who fired upon the ship, injuring one crew, before aborting the attack. The PCG boarding team provided medical assistance to the injured crew.
·          17.02.2018: 22.50 UTC: Posn 06:17.9N – 002:30.3E, Cotonou Anchorage, Benin. 
Duty OOW onboard an anchored tanker SEA EMPEROR (IMO No 9383601, flag of Marshall Islands) noticed three armed persons on deck and immediately raised the alarm. SSAS activated and all crew retreated to the citadel. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre received the incident information from the CSO and immediately informed the Benin Authorities. Three patrol boats were dispatched to the location. They searched the waters around the tanker. A navy team boarded the tanker. On confirmation from the team that the tanker was clear of pirates, the Master and crew emerged from the citadel. On investigating, the ship’s office port hole was damaged due to a gunshot and other ship’s property found damaged.
·          18.02.2018: 18.45 UTC, Posn: 03:41.5N – 006:37.5E, around 42nm SE off Brass, Nigeria.
A speed boat with six to seven armed pirates chased and fired upon a tanker underway. Alarm raised, crew mustered, evasive manoeuvres commenced and Nigerian authorities contacted. Due to the vessel hardening the pirates were unable to board the vessel and moved away. The vessel was escorted to Bonny anchorage by two navy vessels. All crew safe. Vessel sustained minor damage due to being fired upon. 
·          18.02.2018: 19.00 UTC, Posn: 01:09.7N – 103:56.4E, around 3nm West of Batu Ampar Port, Indonesia.
During routine rounds onboard an anchored offshore tug, the bosun reported the lock to the engine room hatch as broken. Investigations revealed several foot prints on the aft deck and a large number of spare parts missing. 
·          19.02.2018: 08.24 UTC: Posn: 04:02.66N – 006:34.33E, around 25nm SE of Brass, Nigeria.
Six pirates armed with AK-47 rifles in a black hull speed boat approached and attempted to board a crude oil tanker INTERIM (IMO No 9039121, flag of Panama) underway. Master raised the alarm, activated SSAS, transmitted distress message, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and crew secured all access doors. The pirates made seven attempts to hook an aluminum ladder on the tanker’s railing but were unsuccessful due to the evasive manoeuvres taken by the Master. They then, fired upon at the tanker and moved away. A Nigerian Navy boat was in contact with the tanker and arrived at the location. The tanker and crew are safe. 
·         20.02.2018: 01.45 UTC: Posn: 06:17N – 003:13E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
Duty AB onboard an anchored tanker noticed six robbers boarding and notified the OOW. Master informed, ship’s horn sounded, alarm raised and crew mustered in the citadel. The onboard Safety Advisor established communication with the Nigerian Navy patrol boat in the secure anchorage area and requested for immediate assistance. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped in their small black skiff. The patrol boat proceeded towards the tanker and tried to chase the speed boat. The crew emerged from the citadel. Upon investigation, the ullage caps of some oil tanks were found opened. Nothing reported stolen.
·          22.02.2018: 05.25 UTC: Posn: 18:34.15N - 072:24.29E, Port Au Prince Anchorage, Haiti.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored tanker noticed robbers armed with guns on the forecastle deck and immediately raised the alarm. Crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, one of the robbers fired a warning shot and escaped. Crew and ship reported safe. Incident reported to Port Authorities.
·          22.02.2018: 20.30 UTC, Posn: 03-28.1N - 050-27.8 E, around 315nm ENE of Mogadishu or157nm off the coast of Hobyo, Somalia.
Two skiffs chased and fired upon a product tanker LEOPARD SUN (IMO No 9635781, flag of Singapore) underway. The skiffs approached the vessel from the stern, firing multiple rounds, some of which struck the superstructure of the vessel. The embarked Private Armed Security Team (PAST) returned fire with one of the skiffs as it closed to within 100m of the MT. During this phase the other skiff was reported to be at a distance of 250m from the vessel. The attack lasted for approximately 27 minutes and upon the initial engagement the MT sounded its alarm and mustered the crew in the citadel in line with BMP security practices. Vessel increased speed and the pirates aborted the attack. Both the vessel and her crew were left unharmed.
·          24.02.2018: 10.16 UTC, Posn: 03:33.8N – 007:02.7E, around 50nm SSW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Around eight armed pirates in a speed boat chased a container vessel KOTA SAHABAT (IMO No 9645463, flag of Singapore) underway. Alarm raised, SSAS activated, speed increased and all non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. Nigerian navy contacted, who informed the Master to rendezvous with their naval vessel in the vicinity. As the pirate boat closed the Master commenced evasive manoeuvres. Due to the hardening the pirates were unable to hook their ladder onto the vessel and moved away. Nigerian navy escorted the vessel to the pilot boarding point.
·          24.02.2018: 15.20 UTC, Posn: 03:38.1N – 006:42.0E, around 40nm SSW off Bonny fairway buoy, Nigeria.
Around 10 pirates in a speed boat, armed with automatic weapons, chased and fired upon a reefer vessel CHINA FROST (IMO No 8410914, flag of Cook Islands) underway. The armed guards onboard the vessel returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. All crew safe. Vessel sustained minor damage due to the firing. 
·          25.02.2018: 08.42 UTC, Posn: 02:21.3S – 079:59.7W, Guayaquil Inner Anchorage, Ecuador.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored container ship was confronted saw five robbers on the aft deck. One robber, with a gun was seen near the entrance to the steering gear room. The AB immediately retreated and informed the Duty Officer. Alarm raised and port control notified. A coast guard boat was sent to the vessel. All crew safe. Nothing reported stolen.
·          26.02.2018: 23.30 UTC: Posn: 06:16.31N – 002:29.24E, Cotonou Anchorage, Benin.
Five armed persons approached an anchored tanker ST MARSEILLE (IMO No 9367358, flag of Luxembourg) in a speed boat. As they boarded the vessel they commenced firing and injured one of the Benin navy guards onboard the tanker. All crew except the OOW on the bridge retreated into the citadel. As the armed persons made their way to the bridge they fired upon and injured another Navy Guard. They took hostage the OOW and demanded the Master, Chief Officer and Chief Engineer come on the bridge. The armed persons demanded the Master heave up anchor but when they were notified that the tanker was in ballast they stole crew properties, kidnapped the Master and one engineer and left the vessel in the tankers rescue boat. The Benin Navy was notified to medivac the injured guards. Once the armed persons were safely ashore they released the Master and engineer who were able to make contact with the local police and later joined the tanker. 

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