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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

29.12.2017: 1805 UTC:

Posn: 38:46.25N – 118:30.76E, Caofeidian Anchorage, China.

Duty AB onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed some suspicious movements on the main deck. Upon checking, he noticed two unauthorized persons standing near the emergency generator room. The AB informed the duty officer who immediately directed the ALDIS lamp and noticed two persons pulling out a hose from the D.O tank sounding pipe. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the persons pulled out the hose from the sounding pipe and escaped in a small boat. On sounding the D.O tanks it was reported that D.O had been stolen.



31.12.2017: 0400 LT:

Posn: 21:49N - 091:34E, west of Kutubdia Island, Bangladesh

Robbers boarded a barge under tow, stole barge’s properties and escaped. All crew safe.


General Cargo

29.12.2017: 0815 UTC:

Posn: 10:19.4N - 075:31.87W, Cartagena Inner Anchorage, Colombia.

Three robbers in wooden boat boarded a general cargo vessel. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties. Incident reported to port control.


Bulk Carrier

28.12.2017: 1430 UTC:

Posn: 01:16.0N - 104:02.8E, Singapore Straits.

Four robbers boarded a bulk carrier waiting Pilot boarding. They entered the engine room and threatened the duty engineer with a knife. The engineer managed to escape and raise the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped empty handed. Incident reported to VTIS East Singapore.



22.11.2017: 0400 LT:

Posn: 02:12.46N - 107:06.33E, Around 59NM SE of Pulau Airabu, Indonesia

While steaming, several persons armed with knives boarded a tug towing a barge laden with palm oil cargo. They tied up the four, tug crew. They detached the barge, took six crew on the barge hostage and escaped. The crew on the tug managed to free themselves and sailed to a save location. The next day, the barge and its six crew were located by the Authorities. All crew safe.


Crude Oil Tanker

07.12.2017: 1945 UTC:

Posn: 01:28N - 104:39E, Around 15NM NE of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia

Four robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored tanker. They threatened the Duty Engineer with knives and tied him up. Alarm raised and crew alerted. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s engine spares.


Crude Oil Tanker

25.12.2017: 2030 UTC:

Posn: 07:46.9S - 109:04.0E, Cilacap Anchorage, Indonesia

Duty watch on board an anchored tanker spotted four robbers near the poop deck. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s engine spares.


Product Tanker

24.12.2017: 0118 UTC:

Posn: 06:17.42N - 003:13.81E, SSA Anchorage, Lagos, Nigeria

Duty watchmen onboard an anchored product tanker noticed three robbers attempting to board the vessel and immediately notified the officer on watch. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped empty handed. Incident reported to the Nigerian Navy and a patrol boat was dispatched to investigate.

General Cargo

This sitrep will not be included in the IMB stats. 22.12.2017: 0318 UTC:

Puerto Quetzal Anchorage, Guatemala.

Duty crew on routine rounds noticed a speed boat with two persons approach the vessel from astern. The speedboat disappeared under the stern of the ship. Later the duty crew noticed two more persons wearing diving suites with a package boarding the speed boat. The incident was reported to the port control. The authorities from the harbour master’s office boarded the vessel and conducted an investigation in and around the ship. Their divers found a black package near the ship's seachest.


Asphalt/Bitumen Tanker

24.12.2017: 0730 UTC:

Posn: 03:47.1N - 006:49.8E, Around 39nm SW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.

Seven pirates armed with guns approached and came alongside a container ship underway. One pirate boarded the ship using a long ladder and opened fire towards the bridge. The Master contacted the Nigerian Navy and proceeded at full speed towards a security boat. Seeing the security boat, the pirates aborted the attack.


Bulk Carrier

20.12.2017: 1605 UTC:

Posn: 00:13.7S - 117:34.3E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.

During cargo operations, crew on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed the forepeak store lock broken and mooring ropes missing. A small boat was seen moving away from the vessel. A few hours later the duty crew noticed four robbers on the forecastle. Seeing the crew the robbers threatened them with knives. Alarm raised and crew mustered resulting in the robbers escaping. Incident reported to port control and agents.

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