30.01.2018: 0050 UTC: Posn: 10:16.5N – 064:42.3W,
Puerto La Cruz Anchorage, Venezuela.
Seven robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored tanker and took hostage the duty AB on routine rounds. They threatened him with a knife, tied him up to the windlass rail and stole his safety shoes and portable UHF radio. Another crew near the accommodation noticed the robbers and raised the alarm.
Crew mustered and a search was carried out and the duty AB was released. The paint store was found broken into and ship’s stores stolen.
Attempts to contact the Port Control were futile.