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IMB ICC Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 2017 - Reported to @IMB_Piracy in Last 7 days @IMOHQ

Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days


Bulk Carrier

14.12.2017: 0830 UTC:

Posn : 03:46.4N – 006:17.2E, Around 32nm South of Brass, Nigeria.

A bulk carrier underway was attacked and boarded by six pirates from a small boat. Ten crew members were reported missing. The remaining crew onboard sailed the vessel to a safe port.


General Cargo

14.12.2017: 0110 UTC:

Posn: 03:58.3N - 006:12.4E, Around 19nm South of Brass, Nigeria.

Four to five persons in a wooden boat approached and tried to board a general cargo ship underway. Master increased speed and took anti-piracy measures resulting in the ship being able to evade the boarding.



09.12.2017: 1945 UTC:

Posn: 14:35.6N - 120:55.2E, Manila South Harbour Anchorage, Philippines.

Robbers boarded an anchored container ship via the anchor chain, cut through the forecastle store padlock, stole ship's properties and escaped. The incident was noticed and reported by the bosun after berthing. Local authorities informed and the coast guard boarded the vessel to investigate.


Crude Oil Tanker

13.12.2017: 1200 UTC:

Posn: 01:14.6N – 104:02.3E, Singapore Straits.

Four robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker underway. As they entered the engine room they came across the duty oiler and assaulted him. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s engine spare parts.


Offshore Supply ship

07.12.2017: 1839 UTC:

Posn: 00:43.50N - 104:10.54E, Galang Anchorage, Indonesia.

Four robbers, armed with knives, boarded an anchored offshore supply vessel. Duty watchman spotted the robbers and inform the OOW. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed.


Offshore Supply ship

07.12.2017: 2155 UTC:

Posn: 00:44.4N - 104:08.1E, Galang Lay Up Anchorage, Indonesia.

Crew onboard an anchored offshore support vessel noticed robbers armed with crow bars and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. Local authorities contacted. A security team boarded the vessel for investigations.



17.11.2017: 0917 UTC:

Posn: 01:55.9S - 047:56.8E, Around 282nm SSE of Mogadishu, Somalia.

Lookout on board a container ship underway noticed two skiffs approaching and notified the OOW, who raised the alarm. As the skiffs closed in, weapons, RPG and ladder were sighted in the skiffs. Master, increased speed, commenced evasive manoeuvres and all non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. The pirates tried to come alongside to hook on the ladder but due to the evasive manoeuvres and swell caused by the wake they failed. They then fired two RPG rockets towards the ship, which missed. Due to the increase in the ship’s speed, the skiffs aborted the attack. UKMTO notified.


Product Tanker

10.12.2017: 0110 UTC:

Posn: 06:19N - 003:17E, Around 5NM South of Lagos, Nigeria

Duty crew onboard an anchored tanker noticed three robbers on the main deck and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped empty handed.

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