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Acts of piracy

22 June, 2018

·          03.05.2018: 00.30 UTC: Posn: 04:54N – 001:42W, Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana.
Two robbers boarded an offshore supply vessel. Duty watchman noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping. The crew noticed padlock for the paint locker broken but no items stolen. Port Control informed.
 
·          05.05.2018: 05.30 UTC: Posn: 12:01.4S – 077:10.7W, Callao Anchorage, Peru.
Three robbers in a wooden boat with an outboard engine approached and boarded an anchored bulk carrier using a hook attached to a rope. Duty lookout noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. OOW sounded the ship’s whistle and notified the Port Authorities. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores.
 
·          05.05.2018: 08.00 UTC: Posn: 01:27.4N – 104:36.3E, around 12nm NNE of Tanjung Berakit, Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Unnoticed, robbers boarded an anchored tanker, stole ship’s properties and escaped. The theft was noticed during routine emergency drill.
 
·          06.05.2018: 15.25 UTC: Posn: 22:15.0N – 091:44.9E, Chittagong Alpha Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Seven robbers in a wooden boat with an outboard engine approached and attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier using a hook attached to a rope. The crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted the boarding attempt. Local Authorities informed.
 
·          06.05.2018: 15.30 UTC: Posn: 00:13.8S – 117:33.8E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier heard noise coming from the hawse pipe and sighted somebody trying to remove the hawse pipe protection cover. OOW immediately informed, alarm raised and ship’s whistle sounded. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers aborted their attempted boarding and escaped. Crew mustered and a search was carried out. Nothing reported stolen. SSO tried to call the port control on VHF but received no response.
 
·          08.05.2018: 09.20 UTC: Posn: 03:37.2N – 006:16.4E, around 41nm South of Brass, Nigeria.
Six pirates in a speed boat approached and came alongside a bulk carrier ELENI M (IMO No 9228033, flag ofMalta) underway. They hooked a ladder on the ship’s railing and attempted to board. Master raised the alarm, activated SSAS, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and the non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel. Due to the hardening measures taken by the Master, the pirates aborted the attempted attack and moved away leaving their ladder hanging on the ship’s side.
 
·          15.05.2018: 20.45 UTC: Posn: 01:06.25N – 104:11.17E, Tanjung Uban Anchorage, Indonesia.
Unnoticed, robbers boarded an anchored Product Tanker, stole ship’s properties and escaped. The theft was noticed during routine rounds.
 
·          18.05.2018: 18.01 UTC: Posn: 01:10N – 103:27E, Around 2.5nm ENE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Six robbers boarded a tanker underway. Duty Engineer noticed the robbers, informed the Master who raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed.
 
·          18.05.2018: 19.35 UTC: Posn: 05:32.0S – 105:18.8E, Tarahan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier using a rope. They took hostage the duty AB, tied him up and threatened him with knives. The robbers stole ship’s properties and engine spares and escaped. The AB managed to free himself and raised the alarm. OOW sounded the ship’s horn and crew mustered. A search was carried out throughout the ship.
 
·          19.05.2018: 02.02 UTC: Posn: 06:26N – 003:23E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
Seven robbers in a speed boat approached and came alongside an anchored bulk carrier. Two robbers managed to board the ship using a hook attached to a rope. While the remaining five were attempting to board the duty crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and alerted the onboard shore security watchmen who notified the local authorities. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped in their boat. Nothing reported stolen.
 
·          19.05.2018: 18.01 UTC: Posn: 01:10N – 103:27E, around 2.5nm ENE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Six robbers boarded a tanker underway. Duty Engineer noticed the robbers, informed the master who raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbersescaped empty handed.
 
·          19.05.2018: 19.25 UTC: Posn: 05:52.3S – 106:04.8E, Merak Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers armed with knives, boarded an anchored bulk carrier and threatened the Duty AB on routine rounds. The robbers entered the engine room stole ship’s spares and escaped.
 
·          22.05.2018: 00.07 UTC: Posn: 03:46N – 001:30E, around 140nm South of Lome, Togo.
Seven pirates in a skiff came alongside a drifting product tanker and tried to board via the poop deck. Alert duty crew spotted the pirates and raised the alarm resulting in the pirates aborting the boarding attempt and the skiff moving away. All crew safe. Master reported a suspicious vessel in the vicinity from which the pirates could have approached his vessel.
 
·          23.05.2018: 07.00 UTC: Posn: 10:11.34N – 064:47.74W, Puerto Jose Anchorage, Venezuela.
A white skiff with three robbers onboard came alongside an anchored product tanker. They tried to board the tanker via the poop deck. Duty crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers aborting the attempted boarding and moving away.
 
·          25.05.2018: 23.35 UTC: Posn: 06:18.00N – 03:20.20E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria
Two robbers in a small boat approached and boarded an anchored tanker SEABREEZE (flag of Malta) conducting STS operations. Duty watchman noticed the robbers near the forward cargo oil tanks with a hose and raised the alarm. OOW immediately sounded the ship’s horn and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted their attempt to steal cargo and escaped. The Nigerian Navy boat patrolling the anchorage was notified. Nothing reported stolen.
 
·          26.05.2018: 01.15 UTC: Posn: Lagos Port, Nigeria.
Seven robbers boarded a berthed ro-ro ship GRANDE CONGO (flag of Italy). They took hostage the duty crew, tied him up, took his UHF radio and asked for the location of the paint store and then stole ship’s stores. The duty crew managed to free himself and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping. A search was carried out. PFSO and local agents informed.
 

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