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Acts of piracy

25 July, 2018

·          01.06.2018: 03.00 UTC: Posn: 02:18.61 N – 104:14.85E, approximately 6.5nm east of Palau Tinggi, Malaysia, South China Sea.
While underway, the Chief Officer on duty of the oil tanker LEE BO (flag of Mongolia) detected a small boat alongside. Shortly afterwards, 14 attackers armed with knives and machetes boarded the ship. Upon realizing that the ship did not carry any oil cargo, the attackers robbed all the 12 crew members (Indonesians and Sri Lankans) of their personal belongings. Two crew members were slightly injured in the process. The MMEA upon receipt information of the incident, immediately deployed its ship KM Sebatik, Augusta Westland AW139 helicopter and the Special Task and Rescue (STAR) Team to the location of the incident. The team boarded the ship, arrested the 14 attackers and brought them to Mersing Maritime Zone for further investigation. With the cooperation of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), two suspects believed to be masterminds (aged between 40 and 50) were arrested in Batam, Indonesia on the same day.
·          01.06. 2018: 03.30 LT: Posn: 04:58.00S – 01:44.00E, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria.
While at berth, an unknown number of robbers boarded the container ship, tried to stole ship’s property and assaulted the crew. The OS suffered traumatic rotator cuff injury.
·          03.06.2018: 02.30 UTC: Posn: 06:17N – 003:21E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
Two robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier using a hook attached to a rope. The Duty Officer and the armed security guard noticed the robbers on the forecastle deck. The armed guard fired a warning shot resulting in the robbers escaping. On conducting a search ship stores were reported as stolen. MRCC Nigeria informed.
·          13.06.2018: 02.45 UTC: Posn: 04:53.60N – 01:42.30W, Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana.
Watchmen on board a supply vessel noticed a small boat approaching the vessel. As the watchmen made their way aft, the robbers boarded the vessel. Alarm raised and watchmen shouted at the robbers. Seeing alerted crew the robbers escaped.

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