SUSPICIOUS CRAFT: This incident will not be included in the IMB statistics 24.11.2016: 0722 LT:
Posn : 05:55.6N - 119:50.2E: 8nm West of Laparan Island, Philippines.
Seven armed persons wearing black clothes and black masks in a speed boat approached a bulk carrier underway from astern. The alert crew noticed the approaching boat and raised the alarm, commenced evasive manouvres, and activated fire hoses.
Seeing the alerted crew and the vessel hardening the boat moved away. Master warned other vessels via VHF channel 16. All crew safe.
SUSPICIOUS CRAFT: This incident will not be included in the IMB statistics 24.11.2016: 1040 LT:
Posn: 05:47.7N – 119:51.8E: 6nm SW of Laparan Island, Philippines.
A bulk carrier underway noticed a blue speed boat with around ten armed persons wearing black clothes and black masks approaching the vessel at high speed. The Master raised the alarm, alerted the crew and contacted the Philippine navy.
The speed boat closed onto the vessel and then moved away.
After sometime the OOW, once again noticed the speed boat approaching the vessel from astern. The Master once again made contact with the Philippine navy and provided the requested information.
Seeing the alerted crew and the visible vessel hardening the boat moved away and approached another vessel in the vicinity.
23.11.2016: 0530 LT:
Posn: 03:35.4N - 005:13.6E, Around 61nm SW of Bayelsa Coast, Nigeria.
Pirates armed with automatic weapons in a speed boat approached and fired upon a tanker underway.
Alarm raised, SSAS activated, crew alerted and the onboard security team returned fire. The pirates managed to board the tanker using a ladder and all crew retreated to the citadel.
After two hours, the pirates left the tanker.
Vessel sustained some damages at the superstructure due to the firing. All crew are safe and no injuries reported. One pirate reported killed.
23.11.2016: 0920 LT:
Posn 06:21.5N - 119:53.8E, Around 25nm NW of Cap Island, Philippines.
Eight persons wearing masks, and armed with automatic weapons, in a speed boat attempted to board a bulk carrier underway using a long pole attached with hook.
Master raised the alarm and activated the SSAS. Vessel speed increased and evasive manoeuvres undertaken.
The persons in the boat opened fire and tried to board the vessel but failed due to the hardening measures taken by the vessel and moved away. Master warned other vessels via VHF channel 16 and reported the incident to the Philippines authorities.
All crew reported safe.
15.07.2016: 0500 LT: Posn: 00:17.5S - 117:40.4E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia
Duty crew noticed one robber with long knives onboard an anchored bulk carrier and another 3-4 robbers in the boat.
The duty crew retreated into the accommodation and raised the alarm, resulting in the robbers escaping without stealing anything.
15.11.2016: 0100 - 0300 LT: Posn: 01:25N - 104:41E, around 13NM NE of Tanjung Berakit, Indonesia
Unnoticed, an unknown number of robbers boarded an anchored heavy load carrier, stole ship spares and escaped. Theft noticed by crew on routine rounds.
167-1623.11.2016: 0150 LT:
Posn: 10:15.6N - 107:00.2E, Vung Tau anchorage, Vietnam
Two duty crew on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed a fishing boat slowly approaching the vessel. The boat circled the vessel and then stopped near the bow. One crew stayed near the forecastle to keep watch on the boat. Unknown to the crew another boat had come alongside the vessel near the accommodation.
Two robbers armed with knives boarded the vessel and started stealing ship’s stores. As the second crew made his routine rounds the robbers confronted and threatened him with the knife.
The duty crew retreated into the accommodation and raised the alarm, resulting in the robbers escaping. Incident reported to Port Control via VHF.
SUSPICIOUS CRAFT: This incident will not be included in the IMB statistics 20.11.2016: 0720 LT:
Posn: 05:34.8N - 119:47.9E, Around 13nm SSE of Pearl Bank, Philippines.
Persons armed with guns in a speedboat approached a bulk carrier underway from astern. Master raised the alarm, commenced evasive manoeuvers, increased speed, raised the general alarm, alerted all ships in the vicinity and opened communications with the Philippines coast guard.
The boat closed to a distance of 100 meters. Seeing the alerted crew and hearing the Masters communication over the PA system the persons aborted the approach and moved away.
19.11.2016: 1930 LT:
Posn: 04:49.15N - 118:46.22E, Around 8.7nm South of Merabung, Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Five armed persons wearing masks, in a small boat, boarded a fishing vessel engaged in fishing activities. They stole crew personal belongings and an outboard engine.
Before escaping, they kidnapped two crew members. Malaysian authorities are investigating the incident.
SUSPICIOUS CRAFT: This incident will not be included in the IMB statistics 16.11.2016: 1100 LT: Posn: 04:23.4N - 119:37.0E, around 17.8nm SSE of Sibutu island, Philippines. Five persons wearing masks, and possibly armed, in a white speed boat with two outboard engines approached a vessel underway from astern.
Master raised the alarm and tried alerting other ships in the vicinity via VHF. Seeing the alerted crew and the ship hardening boat moved away and headed towards other vessels in the vicinity. Incident reported to Philippine navy and a warship arrived at the area.
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