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Acts of piracy

18 April, 2018

·         03.03.2018: 15.45 UTC: Posn: 06:02.9S – 106:53.4E, Tanjung Priok Anchorage, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Duty Motorman onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed two robbers on the aft deck and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped in a waiting boat. On searching the vessel nothing reported stolen.
 
·         06.03.2018: 10.00 UTC: Posn: 04:05N – 006:57E, around 21nm SW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Pirates, armed with guns, boarded a product tanker SCOT MUNCHEN (IMO No 9255816, flag of Malta) approaching the Bonny Fairway Buoy. Alarm raised, SSAS activated and all crew mustered in the citadel. Nigerian Navy notified and patrol boats were immediately deployed to assist the vessel. As all crew were secure in the citadel, the pirates were unable to take any hostages. They damaged some navigation and communication equipment and escaped. Later, the Master and crew emerged from the citadel and took back control of their tanker and sailed to a safe port. All crew safe.
 
·          07.03.2018: 21.10 UTC: Posn: 00:15.1S – 117:37.7E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Indonesia.
Unnoticed robber boarded an anchored bulk carrier, stole two mooring ropes and escaped. The theft was noticed during routine rounds.
 
·         15.03.2018: 05.30 UTC: Posn: 12:01.8 S – 077:11.2 W, Callao Anchorage, Peru.
Four robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. A search was carried out. Incident reported to the local agents.
 
·         16.03.2018: 08.00 UTC: Posn: 03:57.0N – 006:42.5E, around 36nm SW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Armed pirates attacked and boarded a general cargo ship MSC MARIA (IMO No 9067544, flag of Panama)     underway. Alarm raised and all crew retreated into the citadel. The Owners contacted the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and requested for assistance. The Centre immediately informed the Nigerian Navy who dispatched patrol boats to assist the ship. The IMB PRC liaised with the Owners and the Navy on the incident. The Naval personnel boarded the ship. No pirates found onboard. The crew emerged from the citadel and sailed to a safe port along under the Naval personnel’s escort.
 
·          16.03.2018: 08.10 UTC, Posn: 03:57.31N – 006: 52.39E, around 29nm SW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Eight armed pirates in a small high-speed boat approached and fired upon a tanker BISKRA (IMO No 9030709, flag of Panama) underway. Master notified the onboard naval armed team, commenced evasive manoeuvres and all non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. Seeing the vessel hardening the pirates aborted and moved away. Nigerian Navy notified.
 
·          16.03.2018: 22.40 UTC: Posn : 06:17.8N – 003:25.1E, around 13.55nm SSE of Lagos, Nigeria.
Armed guards onboard an anchored product tanker noticed three unauthorised persons onboard the vessel and fired a warning shot. One person managed to escape in a small boat while the remaining two were captured and handed over to Nigerian Navy.
 
·         17.03.2018: 16.40 UTC: Posn: 38:51.2 N – 118 36.6 E, Caofeidian Anchorage, China.
Three robbers, in a small boat, approached an anchored bulk carrier and attempted to board using ropes attached with hooks. The crew noticed the robbers, informed the Master and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and escaped empty handed.
 
·          20.03.2018: 15.30 UTC: Posn: 03:42.6S – 114:28.2E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Around six robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty crew noticed the robbers and informed the OOW. Alarm raised, crew mustered and port control notified. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped empty handed.
 
·          22.03.2018: 01.15 UTC: Posn: 06:15.4N - 002:30.5E, around 7.5NM SE of Cotonou, Benin. 
Eight persons in a small boat, armed with guns and knives boarded an anchored reefer ship ISLEMAN (IMO No 8814902, flag of Panama). They demanded the crew to start the main engine and sail. As the engines were unable to be started the persons stole ship and crew property and left the vessel. Incident reported to the Benin navy who dispatched a naval boat to investigate. 
 
·          22.03.2018: 10.00 UTC: Posn: 06:01.0N - 003:12.0E, around 30nm SSE of Badagry, Nigeria.
Pirates in a speed boat hijacked a fishing boat Luronyuanyu and forced it to sail into Benin waters. They kidnapped two crew members before releasing the fishing boat.
 
·          22.03.2018: 21.29 UTC, Posn: 03:35.0N - 006:44.0E, around 53NM SW of Bonny, Nigeria. 
Pirates in a small speed boat chased and fired upon a tanker (under flag of Liberia) underway. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The armed guards onboard returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack. All crew safe.
 
·          24.03.2018: 01.42 UTC: Posn: 10:17.0N – 064:42.5W, Puerto La Cruz Anchorage, Venezuela.
Robbers armed with guns boarded an anchored tanker. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the robbers on the forecastle deck and immediately raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, two robbers were seen escaping. On conducting a search, the forecastle store padlock was reported broken and ship’s properties stolen. Port Control notified via Vhf Ch. 16/13. The Coast Guard later dispatched a vessel to search the anchorage waters around the vessel. 
 
·          24.03.2018: 15.15 UTC: Posn : 38:43.9N - 118:32.6E, Caofeidian Anchorage, China.
Two robbers in a wooden boat came alongside an anchored bulk carrier. Duty crew noticed the robbers attempting to board the vessel using a ladder and immediately informed the duty officer who raised the alarm. Crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers fled.
 
·          26.03.2018: 17.20 UTC: Posn: 05:20.0N – 000:51.4E, around 27nm South of Anloga, Ghana.
Armed pirates attacked and hijacked a fishing vessel MARINE 711 of Ghana underway. The Owners of the fishing vessel reported the incident to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) who immediately contacted and liaised with the Ghana Navy Ops Centre. As the fishing vessel moved from Ghanaian waters into Togo and Benin waters the PRC continually updated the respective naval authorities. Naval boats were deployed by the respective navies within their waters to look for the fishing vessel. On 28 Mar 2018, the Owners confirmed that the fishing vessel has been released and it is sailing to a safe port. Three crew members were reported missing. All navies were informed accordingly.
 
·          27.03.2018: 20.30 UTC: Posn: 00:16.5S – 117:41.5E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers in a small boat approached an anchored bulk carrier. Two robbers boarded while another two waiting in the boat. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the robbers and immediately raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped empty handed.
 
·          28.03.2018: 04.00 UTC: Posn: MRS Terminal, ALPHA-Jetty, Lagos Port, Nigeria.
Two robbers boarded a berthed tanker. Duty watchman on routine rounds spotted the robbers trying to hide near a forward cargo tank dome with a flexible hose. D/O notified. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped. Two skiffs with eight robbers were seen moving away from the tanker. The Terminal Watchman and Jetty Duty Officer immediately boarded and searched the tanker. Nothing reported stolen.
 
·          31.03.2018: 05.20 UTC: Posn: 13:58.1N – 051-25.3E, 150 n.m. S-SE from Al Mukalla (Yemen), Gulf of Aden.
Two skiffs with two armed pirates in each skiff chased and closed onto a tanker KRITI SPIRIT (IMO No 9207027, flag of Liberia) underway. Alarm raised and crew mustered. When the skiffs closed to around 100m from the tanker the pirates fired upon the tanker. The armed guards onboard the tanker returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. All crew safe. Vessel sustained minor damage due to the firing. Ladders sighted in the skiffs.
 

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