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Acts of piracy

26 August, 2020

      01.07.2020: 16.40 UTC: Posn: 01:16.87N 104:19.10E; approx. 5.8 nm NW of Tanjung Pinang, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia, Malacca Strait.
       Four robbers armed with knives boarded the refrigerated cargo carrier FRIO OLYMPIC (IMO No 8801802, flag of Panama). Duty crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. All crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with four boxes of spare parts of the vessel. Incident reported to VTIS.
      02.07.2020: 04.20 LT; Okwori field offshore, about 45km off the coast of Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea.
       While at anchor, armed men attacked and boarded the oil production vessel SENDJE BERGE (IMO No 7360057, flag of Singapore) and kidnapped nine crew members, Nigerians. The remaining crews left on board were not harmed. The tanker is permanently moored in the Okwori field offshore, Nigeria. Maritime security experts say the manner and target of the attack were unusual for the region and anti-government militants could be responsible for it. A month later, all abducted crew members have been safely released.
      02.07.2020: 22.20 UTC: Posn: 03:49,3N 002:25E; around 150nm South of Cotonou, Benin, Gulf of Guinea.
       Armed pirates attacked and boarded a general cargo ship KOTA BUDI (IMO No 9638630, flag of Singapore) that was drifting and awaiting operational instructions. When the AB came on the bridge to start his watch duty, he found there was no one on the bridge. The chief officer later found five crew comprising master, chief engineer, 3rd officer, electrical engineer and chief cook missing. The perpetrators also stole ships properties, cash and crew personal belongings before escaping in a small boat. Authorities informed, crew mustered and a search was carried out onboard the ship. The remaining 15 crew are reported safe.
      08.07.2020: 14.04 UTC: Posn: 03:27.5N - 108:40.9E, around 23nm SE of Natuna Island, Indonesia.
       Around five persons in a boat attempted to come alongside and board the Panamian flagged LPG tanker GLOBAL PHENIX underway. Seeing the approaching boat the vessel made evasive manoeuvres and directed searchlights towards the boat resulting in the persons aborting and moving away.
      11.07.2020: 18.00 UTC: Posn: 01:16.0N 104:12.7E, Singapore Straits.
       Three robbers armed with knives and an axe boarded a bulk carrier underway. The C/E noticed the armed robbers in the steering gear room and immediately informed the Master. Alarm raised, deck lights switched on and crew mustered on the bridge. Incident reported to the CSO and VTS. A search was carried out. It was reported that ships spares and stores were stolen.
      17.07.2020: 12.00 UTC: Posn: 02:57.00N 002:46.00E; around 196nm SW of Bayelsa, Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea.
       Eight pirates in a speed boat armed with machine guns boarded the product tanker CURACAO TRADER (IMO No 9340908, flag of Liberia) underway. They held hostage all crew members, stole documents and valuable items and kidnapped 13 crew members before escaping. The kidnapped crew are believed to be 7 Russians and 6 Ukrainians. The tanker was left drifting with limited and unqualified crew onboard. A nearby merchant vessel rendered assistance which allowed the tanker to be sailed to a safe port. Regional authorities notified. It remains highly likely that the perpetrators are being supported by a larger mother vessel, allowing them to sustain deep offshore operations beyond state counter piracy efforts. This latest incident would bring the total number of kidnapped crew in incidents within the Gulf of Guinea to 91 across 18 kidnapping incidents.
      24.07.2020: 04.00 UTC: Posn: 18:18.32N 094:16.25W; 12nm NE Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico.
       Mexican flagged Offshore Supply Vessel the MV NATALIE was boarded whilst conducting operations in the vicinity of the ODIN Offshore platform early morning within hours of darkness. A channel 16 broadcast received from the vessel stated the situation of piracy boarding. Received reports indicate that the crew was subjected to robbery of personal belongings. There was no mention of any personnel injured, kidnapped or theft of cargo.
      26.07.2020: 08.37 LT: Posn: 01:11.50N 103:32.30E, approx. 4.4 nm from Tanjung Piai, Johor, Malaysia, Malacca Strait.
       While the tug boat AYRES under the flag of Singapore towing the flat top deck cargo barge was en route to Singapore, two unknown crafts with three perpetrators on each craft were sighted approaching the barge. Two perpetrators boarded the barge, stole some batteries and left the barge 20 minutes later. Then the two crafts left the location of the incident and were seen heading in a southwestern direction. The crew was safe and no assistance was required. The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF), Singapore Police Coast Guard, and the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities were notified.
      26.07.2020: 0030 UTC: Posn: 01:12.40N - 103:32.46E, Singapore Straits.
       Robbers in a wooden boat approached and boarded a barge towed by an underway tug. The crew spotted the boat and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped. Incident reported to the coast guard, who later boarded the barge for investigation. On searching the barge, nothing was reported stolen.
      28.07.2020: 10.00 UTC: Posn: 00:02.36N 50:59.08W; Macapa anchorage No. 2, Brazil, South America.
       Unnoticed, robbers boarded the anchored bulk carrier MODIGLIANI under the flag of Liberia. Duty AB on security rounds noticed the forecastle and paint store doors opened and raised the alarm. Upon investigation, ships stores reported stolen. Incident reported to Port Control.
      29.07.2020: 03.10 UTC: Posn: 18:35.9N 072:27.2W, around 6nm NW of Port Au Prince, Haiti.
       Duty AB on routine rounds onboard a bulk carrier drifting while waiting for orders was confronted and taken hostage by two armed robbers. They stole the AB personnel properties and two mooring ropes before escaping in a waiting boat. Alarm raised and crew mustered, but it was late.

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