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Acts of piracy

21 May, 2018

·          04.04.2018: 06.50 UTC: Posn: 00:03.88N – 050:58.34W: around 6nm NE of Macapa Port, Brazil.
Two robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty AB noticed the robbers and immediately informed D/O who raised the alarm, sounded the ship’s whistle and alerted the crew on the PA system. Seeing the alerted crew the two robbers escaped in their speed boat. On searching the ship, nothing reported stolen.
 
·          04.04.2018: 20.05 UTC: Posn: 00:15.41S – 117:34.18E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier during cargo operations, broke into the forepeak store, stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed. The crew noticed a suspicious boat in the vicinity and notified the OOW who raised the alarm. On searching the ship, the theft was identified. Agent and Port security officer informed. 
 
·          07.04.2018: 04.30 UTC: Posn: 03:44 N – 006:37E, around 41nm SSE of Brass, Nigeria.
Four pirates in a speed boat armed with guns chased and boarded a bulk Carrier under flag of Panama underway. Alarm raised and all crew mustered in the citadel. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre liaised with the Nigerian Navy and the Owners. The Navy sent a patrol boat to the location. The pirates fired upon and damaged the ship’s equipment and accommodation and before escaping, stole ship’s cash and properties. Naval personnel boarded the ship, rescued the crew and escorted the ship to a safe port.
 
·          12.04.2018: 16.35 UTC: Posn: 22:12.86N – 091:44.54E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh. 
Three robbers in small boat boarded an anchored product tanker. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The robbers armed with an iron rod, hit the local watch keeper, stole ship’s properties and escaped. Incident reported to Bangladesh Coast Guard who dispatched a patrol boat to search the area.
 
·          17.04.2018: 19.15 UTC: Posn: 22:11.3N – 091:42.1E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Six robbers in a black boat tried to board an anchored general cargo vessel from astern. The crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. One robber managed to board the vessel and threatened the crew by showing a knife. Hearing the alarm and seeing the alerted crew the robber escaped without stealing anything. All crew reported safe.
 
·          18.04.2018: 18.00 - 22.00 UTC: Posn: 00:15.29S – 117:36.70E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Unnoticed, robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier; stole ship store’s and escaped. The theft was noticed during routine rounds.
 
·          20.04.2018: 19.00 UTC: Posn: 00:14.33S – 117:35.07E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Robbers in a wooden boat tried to board an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain. The crew noticed the boat and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and escaped. 
 
·          21.01.2018: 00.01 UTC: Posn: 04:00.8N – 009:40.3E, Douala Port, Cameroon.
Two robbers attempted to board a berthed utility vessel via the scaffolding installed at the stern. The Duty Watchman noticed the robbers and informed the security guard on board who fired a warning shot, resulting in the robbers aborting the attempted boarding and escaped. Port authority informed.
 
·          21.04.2018: 05.34 UTC: Posn: 03:48N – 006:50E, around 38nm SSW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Armed pirates boarded a general cargo ship FWN RAPIDE (IMO No 9320520, flag of the Netherlands), enroute from Takoradi, Ghana to Port Harcourt, Nigeria, kidnapped 11 crew members and escaped. The incident was reported to the Nigerian Navy and a patrol boat was sent to the location. Naval personnel boarded and searched the ship, and found three crew members onboard. The ship sailed under the escort of the patrol boat to a safe location. 
 
·          21.04.2018: 13.00 UTC: Posn: 00:14.33S – 117:35.07E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Robbers in a boat approached an anchored bulk carrier and attempted to board via the anchor chain. Duty crew directed lights towards the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers aborted their attempt and escaped in their boat.
 
·          21.04.2018: 15.45 UTC: Posn: 01:15.9N – 104:08.6E, around 4.7nm NE of Nongsa, Pulau Batam, Indonesia.
Duty crew onboard a bulk carrier underway noticed unauthorized persons in the engine room and raised the alarm. Hearing the alarm the persons escaped. On searching the vessel nothing reported stolen.
 
·          24.04.2018: 06.17 UTC: Posn: 04:58.25N – 119:37.90E, around 6nm WSW of Bongao Island, Philippines.
While transiting the Sibutu passage, two high speed crafts were sighted approaching an ore carrier underway. As the boats closed to the ship, the crew could see a blue colored boat with two persons wearing face masks and a white colored boat with one person wearing a face mask. Two Philippine Naval patrol vessels contacted the ore carrier via vhf channel 16. The high-speed boats closed to three cables from the ship, noticed the hardening, crossed the ship’s stern and moved away. The ship had received cautionary advice from the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard Coast Watch as they were transiting the Sibutu passage.
 
·          28.04.2018: 03.45 UTC: Posn: 10:09.69N – 064:48.49W, Puerto Jose Anchorage, Venezuela.
During routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier crew noticed robbers trying to access the vessel via the hawse pipe. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped in empty handed.
 
·          28.04.2018: 14.30 UTC: Posn: 00:14.9S – 117:32.7E, Muara Berau, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored general cargo vessel was threatened by four robbers armed with knives. The AB managed to escape and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped in two boats. Nothing reported stolen.
 
·          29.04.2018: 0400 UTC: Posn: 04:54N – 001:41W, Takoradi anchorage, Ghana.
Crew on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed a robber on the poop deck and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robber escaped without stealing anything.
 
·          29.04.2018: 16.00 - 23.00 UTC: Posn: 01:24.7N – 104:46.8E, around 16nm NE of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Unnoticed, robbers boarded an anchored heavy lift vessel. While carrying out routine deck work the next day, the Bosun noticed that the paint store padlock was broken and the door left opened. Further investigation showed that the padlocks to the Garbage room, Oxygen locker, Acetylene locker and the Bunker station were also broken into and the doors left open. On investigating nothing reported stolen.
 

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