SUSPICIOUS CRAFT: This incident will not be included in the IMB statistics 08.12.2016: 1140 LT:
Posn: 05:29.3N - 119:38.4E, Around 17nm South of Pearl Bank, Philippines.
Three persons in a blue and white speed boat approached a bulk carrier underway. Master sounded the ship's whistle continuously, made an announcement on the PA system, increased speed, commenced evasive manoeuvres, and activated the fire hoses.
Seeing the alerted crew and the hardening measures taken by the ship the persons moved away.
07.12.2016: 2200 LT:
Posn: 00:14.39S – 117:35.09E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed the skylight of forecastle store open and the cover of the anchor chain removed. He also saw two robbers in a small boat leaving the vessel. The AB immediately informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon inspection, it was found that ship’s stores were stolen.
Incident reported to the Port Authorities through the local agents.
02.12.2016: 0330 LT:
Posn: 01:05.9N - 104:10E, Kabil Anchorage, Batam, Indonesia
Alert crew onboard an anchored heavy load carrier spotted robbers boarding the ship. Duty officer raised the alarm, made the PA announcement and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped without stealing anything.
Incident reported to Batam VTS and Port Control. Authorities boarded the ship for investigation.