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IMB ICC Piracy & Armed Robbery - Round up of incidents in JUNE 2016 - Chart for first 6 Months


28.06.2016: 1945 UTC: Posn: 03:00N – 105:10E, Around 26nm WSW of Mangkai Island, Indonesia.

Ten pirates boarded a tanker and entered the bridge as the 2/Off was altering course. They held the 2/Off and the duty AB hostage at gun point and beat them. They then took the 2/Off to the Master's cabin and took the Master and the other crew hostage as well. The pirates stole the GPS and Navtex equipment and removed the cabling from the remaining satellite communication equipment. Before escaping they stole cash and other personal effects from the crew and released the Master.


28.06.2016: 0050 LT: Posn: 01:28.0S – 116:48.0E, Balikpapan Anchorage, Indonesia.

Two unauthorised persons attempted to board an anchored tanker. Alert duty crew noticed the persons and informed the bridge officer. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the unauthorised persons aborted the boarding. All crew safe. Port control and Pertamina pilots informed.


25.06.2016: 0300 – 0600 LT: Posn: 10:18.7N – 075:32.8W, Mamonal Tanker Anchorage, Colombia.

Robbers boarded an anchored product tanker and escaped with ship’s properties unnoticed. The theft was discovered by the deck crew while performing routine work near the forepeak store. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Investigations indicated the robbers had gained access to the vessel via the hawse pipe. Incident reported to port control and coast guard.


21.06.2016: 0540 LT: Posn: 01:41.45N – 101:30.37E, Dumai Inner Anchorage, Indonesia.

Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Two robbers managed to enter the engine room via the open skylight. They threatened the duty oiler with knives and ordered him not to raise the alarm. The robbers then stole engine spares and escaped. After the robbers left the oiler informed the D/O who in turn raised the alarm and crew mustered. No injuries to crew members. Incident reported to local authorities.

SUS-001 (This incident will not be included into IMB ICC statistics:) 15.06.2016: 2210 UTC: Posn: 08:17.3N – 150:53.4E, Between Pisares Island and East Fayu Island, Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia.

While underway, a vehicle carrier proceeding to Townsville, Australia received call on VHF Ch.16 from two suspicious boats approaching at high speed. The boats initially called the vessel and asked it to stop. Master raised the alarm and increased speed. The boats continued their approach and again called the vessel and identified themselves to be Navy boats and indicated their intention to attack if the vessel did not stop. The boats continued to threaten the vessel as they approached. As the boats closed to the vessel the Master observed each boat with a number of people. After around 20 mins the suspicious boats stopped pursuing and moved away.


13.06.2016: 2145 LT: Posn: 08:44.7S - 013:17.9E, Luanda Anchorage, Angola.

A robber boarded an anchored tanker and managed to transfer ship's stores into his boat. Alarm sounded and the crew were able to detain the robber. Port officials and the local police were informed and the robber arrested.


18.06.2016: 0110 LT: Posn: 01:41.9N – 101:29.2E, Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia.

Three robbers boarded an anchored product tanker. Duty AB on routine rounds noticed the robbers and informed the D/O who raised the alarm and crew mustered. One of the robbers rushed towards the duty AB and threatened him with a knife not to make any movements. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with their accomplices in their boat. A search was made throughout the tanker. The padlock to the steering gear room entrance was found broken, but nothing reported stolen. Attempts made to call the port control via vhf channel received no response.


16.06.2016: 0300 LT: Posn: 01:10N - 103:57E, Around 2.5nm West of Batu Ampar, Batam Island, Indonesia. Four robbers armed with guns boarded an anchored Heavy Lift Carrier, held hostage the duty AB at gun point, stole ship’s engine spares and escaped. Theft reported to the authorities via the ships agent


21.05.2016: 0130 LT: Posn: 06:02.5S - 106:54.0E, Jakarta Tanker Anchorage, Indonesia.

Robbers boarded an anchored product tanker, stole ship’s properties and escaped unnoticed. After berthing, the theft was discovered by the third mate during routine rounds. Additional checks reveals that the robbery probably took place between 0100 LT to 0330 LT during heavy rain.


02.06.2016: 2300 LT: Posn: 03:07.24N - 112:35.14E, Around 11nm NNE of Balingian, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Armed persons in two speed boats approached and boarded a tug towing a barge laden with a cargo of crude palm kernel oil (CPKO). They took hostage all crew members, tied them up, damaged all ship communication equipment and hijacked the vessels. As the Owners were unable to contact the tug, they reported the incident to the MMEA. In addition to stealing the cargo it was reported that crew valuables were also stolen. One crew was reported injured during the incident. MMEA patrol boats escorted the vessels to a safe port for investigation.


14.06.2016: 0140 LT: Posn: 22:08N - 091:44E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.

Five robbers boarded an anchored container ship. Security watchmen noticed the robbers armed with long knives on the poop deck and informed the duty officer. Alarm raised and whistle sounded. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness the robbers escaped with stolen ship's stores.

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