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Acts of piracy

26 November, 2018

·         02.10.2018: 01.39 LT; Posn: 02:37.10S – 080:12.08W; Guayaquil River, Ecuador.
While transiting under pilot at Guayaquil River in Ecuador, a group of attackers boarded the container ship MAERSK NEWBURY (IMO No 9231470, flag of Singapore). The master alerted the local authorities when he sighted the presence of unauthorized persons on board. One of the crew was assaulted by the perpetrators and sustained a small cut on his forehead. The crew managed to escape and hide in the forecastle store. The perpetrators left the ship when realized that they had been discovered. A search was conducted by the Ecuador Coast Guard (ECG) and no perpetrator was found. The injured crew was given first-aid treatment, and the ship resumed its voyage.
 
·         03.10.2018: 13.00 UTC; Posn: 10:19N – 122:51E; 0.29nm West of Negroes Island, Philippines.
Three robbers armed with a rifle and pistols boarded a fishing boat and stole the fishing catch and valuables. The skipper notified the local authorities and two patrol vessels were dispatched to search for the robber’s boat. The Coast Guard also warned all fishing boats in the area to be cautious and lookout for and report any suspicious boats or activity to the local authorities.
 
·         03.10.2018: 23.30 UTC; Posn: 38:49.2N – 118:14.5E; Tianjin anchorage, China.
During morning routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier the Master noticed a diesel oil tank manhole open and traces of oil leading towards the shipside. Investigations indicated that robbers had boarded the vessel, stolen oil from the tank and escaped unnoticed.
 
·         09.10.2018: 03.15 UTC; Posn: 04:54.28N – 001:39.57W; Takoradi anchorage, Ghana.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed a robber on the deck. He immediately informed 2/O, who informed the Master accordingly. Alarm raised, public announcement made and crew mustered. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robber escaped empty handed. A search was made and found the anchor chain grating cover was removed and forecastle padlock was broken into. Port control informed.
 
·         10.10.2018: 17.30 UTC; Posn: 22:48.1N – 069:59.3E; Deendayal anchorage, Kandla, India.
Unnoticed, robbers boarded an anchored LPG tanker BERLIAN EKUATOR under flag of Panama, stole ship’s stores and escaped. The theft was noticed by ship crew during routine stowaway search. Incident reported to Port Control.
 
·         14.10.2018: 00.45 UTC; Posn: 06:17.2N – 003:13.87E; Lagos secure anchorage area, Nigeria.
Two robbers boarded an anchored product tanker MAERSK TACOMA under flag of Singapore. Duty watchman noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and sounded ship’s horn resulting in the robbers jumping overboard and escaping. A search was made throughout the tanker. Incident reported to local authorities who dispatched a patrol vessel. Upon investigation, nothing reported stolen.
 
·         16.10.2018: 12.38 UTC; Posn: 00:49.0N – 050:53.0E; around 340NM ESE of Mogadishu, Somalia.
Four armed pirates with AK-47 in a speed boat approached a bulk carrier KSL SYDNEY (IMO No 9683269, flag of Hong Kong) underway and fired upon it. Master raised the alarm, contacted local authorities, activated SSAS and all crew mustered in citadel. The armed guards onboard the vessel returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. All crew safe.
 
·         17.10.2018: 00.00 UTC; Posn: 20:53.4N – 107:16.8E; Campha anchorage, Vietnam.
Unnoticed robbers, pretending to be stevedores, boarded an anchored bulk carrier during cargo operations, stole ship’s stores and escaped. The theft was noticed during routine rounds after departure. Incident reported to local agent.
 
·         17.10.2018: 01.55 UTC; Posn: 06:15.9N – 003:13.3E; Lagos secure anchorage area, Nigeria.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored product tanker STI OSCEOLA (IMO No 9707807, flag of Marshall Islands) noticed a speed boat alongside the anchor chain. Around five persons armed with guns and hooks were noticed attempting to board the tanker. The AB shouted at the intruders and informed the bridge. Alarm raised and fire pump activated. Upon hearing the alarm, the persons aborted the attempted boarding and moved away. Incident reported to local authorities who dispatched a patrol vessel which searched the waters around the tanker. A search was made throughout the tanker. Nothing reported stolen.
 
·         17.10.2018: 17.30 - 18.30 UTC; Posn: 00:15.0S – 117:35.8E; Muara Berau anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Two robbers armed with a knife boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty AB noticed the robbers on the forecastle deck and immediately informed the D/O. Alarm raised. Crew mustered and proceeded to the forward deck to investigate. On conducting a search, ship's stores were reported stolen. Incident reported to local authorities.
 
·         20.10.2018: 17.00 UTC; Posn: 13:43.66N – 121:01.84E; Tabangao Customary anchorage, Batangas, Philippines.
During routine rounds, duty crew onboard an anchored tanker noticed two robbers armed with knives on the forecastle deck. Duty officer informed, alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped. On conducting a search, ship's properties were reported stolen. 
 
·         20.10.2018: 23.15 UTC; Posn: Pointe Noire anchorage, Republic of the Congo.
Duty crew onboard an anchored landing craft noticed two robbers armed with long knives lowering mooring ropes to their accomplice in a wooden boat. Alarm raised and crew alerted, resulting in the robbers escaping in their boat. Master contacted port control via VHF to request for assistance. Upon checking, several mooring ropes were found missing from the poop deck.
 
·         22.10.2018: 23.10 UTC; Posn: 04:46.7S – 011:47.0E; Pointe Noire anchorage, Republic of Congo.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored crude oil tanker noticed three armed robbers on the forecastle deck. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped. A search was made throughout the tanker and ship’s properties were reported as missing. Incident reported to the port control who dispatched a police boat which searched the waters around the tanker.
 
·         24.10.2018: 14.00 UTC; Posn: JG Summit Terminal Jetty 1, Batangas, Philippines.
Robbers in a small bamboo boat approached a berthed LPG tanker during cargo operation. One robber managed to board the tanker. Duty crew spotted the robber and raised the alarm resulting in the robber escaping. Crew directed flashlights towards the boat as it moved away. A search was carried out and ship’s properties were reported stolen.
 
·         27.10.2018: 03.00 UTC; Posn: 03:21N – 006:32E; around 71nm SW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Pirates boarded a container vessel under Liberian flag underway, kidnapped 11 crew members and escaped. Incident reported to the Nigerian navy who dispatched a patrol boat and escorted to safe anchorage.
 
·         28.10.2018: 02.30 UTC; Posn: 04:56.4N – 001:42.0W; Sekondi Port, Ghana.
Unnoticed, a robber managed to board a berthed AHTS, steel ships properties and escape. During routine rounds crew noticed the padlock to the deck container damaged and on reviewing the CCTV recording the theft was identified. Incident reported to local Authorities.
 
·         29.10.2018: 12.10 UTC; Posn: 04:46.7S – 010:08.3E; around 101nm, West of Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo.
Pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon a LPG tanker BW FRIGG (IMO No 9733337, flag of Marshall Islands) carrying out bunkering operations underway. Emergency bunker stop and cast off initiated. Speed increased and the tanker made evasive manoeuvres and escaped. All crew reported safe.
 
·         29.10.2018: 18.30 UTC; Posn: 14:22.75S – 040:42.05E; Nacala Outer anchorage, Mozambique.
During security round, duty crew onboard an anchored tanker noticed a boat tied up to the anchor chain and a robber trying to board the tanker via the anchor chain. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. Hearing the alarm, the robber aborted the attempted boarding and escaped. A search was carried out. Nothing reported stolen.
 
·         31.10.2018: 19.00 UTC; Posn: 05:53.2S – 105:59.7E; Merak anchorage, Indonesia.
Unnoticed, robbers managed to board an anchored crude oil tanker, stole engine spares and escape. The theft was noticed during routine rounds when the ship’s crew noticed the store room door open and engine spares missing.
 

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