Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days
28.03.2018: 0400 UTC:
Posn: MRS Terminal, ALPHA-Jetty, Lagos Port, Nigeria.
Two robbers boarded a berthed tanker. Duty watchman on routine rounds spotted the robbers trying to hide near a forward cargo tank dome with a flexible hose. D/O notified. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped. Two skiffs with eight robbers were seen moving away from the tanker. The Terminal Watchman and Jetty Duty Officer immediately boarded and searched the tanker. Nothing reported stolen.
26.03.2018: 1720 UTC:
Posn: 05:20.0N – 000:51.4E, Around 27nm South of Anloga, Ghana.
Armed pirates attacked and hijacked a fishing vessel underway. The Owners of the fishing vessel reported the incident to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) who immediately contacted and liaised with the Ghana Navy Ops Centre. As the fishing vessel moved from Ghanaian waters into Togo and Benin waters the PRC continually updated the respective naval authorities. Naval boats were deployed by the respective navies within their waters to look for the fishing vessel. On 28 Mar 2018, the Owners confirmed that the fishing vessel has been released and it is sailing to a safe port. Three crew members were reported missing. All navies were informed accordingly.
27.03.2018: 2030 UTC:
Posn: 00:16.5S – 117:41.5E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers in a small boat approached an anchored bulk carrier. Two robbers boarded while another two waiting in the boat. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the robbers and immediately raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped empty handed.
24.03.2018: 1515 UTC:
Posn : 38:43.9N - 118:32.6E, Caofeidian Anchorage, China.
Two robbers in a wooden boat came alongside an anchored bulk carrier. Duty crew noticed the robbers attempting to board the vessel using a ladder and immediately informed the duty officer who raised the alarm. Crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers fled.
24.03.2018: 0142 UTC:
Posn: 10:17.0N – 064:42.5W, Puerto La Cruz Anchorage, Venezuela.
Robbers armed with guns boarded an anchored tanker. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the robbers on the forecastle deck and immediately raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, two robbers were seen escaping. On conducting a search, the forecastle store padlock was reported broken and ship’s properties stolen. Port Control notified via Vhf Ch. 16/13. The Coast Guard later dispatched a vessel to search the anchorage waters around the vessel.
16.03.2018: 2240 UTC:
Posn : 06:17.8N – 003:25.1E, Around 13.55nm SSE of Lagos, Nigeria.
Armed guards onboard an anchored product tanker noticed three unauthorised persons onboard the vessel and fired a warning shot. One person managed to escape in a small boat while the remaining two were captured and handed over to Nigerian Navy.
22.03.2018: 1000 UTC:
Posn: 06:01.0N - 003:12.0E, Around 30nm SSE of Badagry, Nigeria.
Pirates in a speed boat hijacked a fishing boat and forced it to sail into Benin waters. They kidnapped two crew members before releasing the fishing boat.
22.03.201: 2129 UTC,
Posn: 03:35.0N - 006:44.0E, around 53NM SW of Bonny, Nigeria.
Pirates in a small speed boat chased and fired upon a tanker underway. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The armed guards onboard returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack. All crew safe.
20.03.2018: 1530 UTC:
Posn: 03:42.6S – 114:28.2E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Around six robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty crew noticed the robbers and informed the OOW. Alarm raised, crew mustered and port control notified. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped empty handed
07.03.2018: 2110 UTC:
Posn: 00:15.1S – 117:37.7E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Indonesia.
Unnoticed robber boarded an anchored bulk carrier, stole two mooring ropes and escaped. The theft was noticed during routine rounds.
For the latest reports go to the IMB Piracy Reporting Center
ASKET Operations - Piracy, MarSec & Maritime Cyber Alerts Map 2018