04.05.2017: 0630 UTC:
Posn: 12:01.02S – 077:12.06W, Callao Anchorage, Peru
Six robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored container ship.
They took hostage the duty AB and the shore security watchman and tied them up. The robbers then broke into the forecastle store and escaped with stolen ships stores. The duty AB and watchmen managed to free themselves and informed the bridge who raised the alarm.
Incident reported to the Local Agent and Port Authority.
07.05.2017: 1840 LT:
Posn: 25:32N – 057:33E, Around 12nm SW of Bandar E Jask, Iran
Duty officer onboard a bulk carrier underway, noticed three skiffs approaching the vessel. At the same time a vessel suspected to be the mother vessel was seen astern at a distance of 2 nm. As the skiffs closed, the crew observed the persons in the boat holding ladders.
Alarm raised, speed increased, evasive manoeuvres commended and Ras al Khor Port contacted, who informed the Iranian navy. As the bulk carrier changed course the skiffs and the suspected mother vessel followed.
After around 20 minutes the Iranian navy called the bulk carrier to alter course at which point the skiffs aborted and moved away. All crew safe.
22.04.2017: 1940 UTC:
07:10.9N – 122:39.9E: around 10nm SW of Olutanga Coast, Philippines.
Duty crew onboard an anchored container vessel noticed a small boat near the anchor chain and the hawse pipe cover opened and immediately informed the OOW, who raised the alarm. Two robbers were seen escaping from the vessel.
Upon inspection, no stores were reported stolen. Incident reported to Davao coast guard and pilot station via VHF CH. 16.
06.05.2017: 0030 UTC:
Posn: 005:10N-004:04W, Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast.
While at anchor, duty officer onboard a container ship noticed a suspicious boat approaching from astern and alerted the duty crew on deck. As the boat came alongside alarm and ship’s whistle sounded and fire pump started.
Seeing the alerted crew, the boat slowly moved away, circled the ship once and then departed. Port control informed.
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