03.11.2016: 0312 LT: Posn: 04:52.22N – 001:39.62, Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana. An unknown number of robbers boarded an anchored LPG Tanker. The duty watchmen noticed one robber on the poop deck and raised the alarm.
Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped in a small boat with stolen ship’s store. Port control informed.
5.10.2016: 2030 LT: Posn: 04:08.8N – 112:30.0E, Around 62nm NW of Tanjung Kidurong, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. Armed pirates in a wooden boat approached, boarded and hijacked a tug towing a barge laden with crude palm kernel oil (CPKO) and took the 10 crew hostage. The pirates stole navigation equipment, crew’s personal belongings and part of the cargo before escaping on 26.10.2016 at around 1000 LT.
The Incident was reported to the MMEA who dispatched their patrol boat to escort the tug and barge to a safe port.
SUSPICIOUS CRAFT: This incident will not be included in the IMB statistics 25.10.2016: 0910 LT: Posn: 06:15.3N – 003:21.6E, Around 15.7nm South of Lagos, Nigeria. A product tanker underway was approached by two suspicious speed boats. Vessel raised the alarm and activated the SSAS, altered course, increased speed and crew mustered in the safe area.
An urgency call was made via vhf channel and a Nigerian navy patrol boat responded to the call and chased the suspicious boats.
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