During the period of 22-28 May 18, four incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ReCAAP ISC. Of these, one was a piracy incident and three were incidents of armed robbery against ships. The location of the incidents is shown in the map below; and detailed description tabulated in attachment.
1. Bigroll Beaufort
Heavy transport vessel
0001 hrs 1° 24.7' N, 104° 46.8' E
Approximately 16 nm northeast of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia (SCS) While at anchor, the bosun discovered the padlock of the paint store was broken and the door left open. Further investigation revealed that the padlocks of the garbage room, oxygen locker, acetylene locker and the bunker station were also broken and the doors were left open. However, nothing was missing. The crew was not injured.
2. Kirana Santya
0345 hrs 1° 6.25' N, 104° 11.17' E Tanjung Uban Anchorage, Indonesia
While at anchor, the master reported that a set of breathing apparatus (BA) compressor was found missing and the padlock was broken. Subsequent investigation and review of the footage from CCTV revealed the presence of two perpetrators at the poop deck. About 10 minutes later, a wooden boat appeared passing near the poop deck from stern. Another three perpetrators climbed up the ship from starboard side. The perpetrators were believed to have gained access to the ship unnoticed by the duty officer and A/B. The crew was not injured.
3. Clover Colossus
0230 hrs 5° 52.3' S, 106° 4.8' E Merak Anchorage, Indonesia
While at anchor, three perpetrators armed with knives boarded the ship by climbing up the portside poop deck using a hook and rope. The duty A/B spotted the perpetrators who were approaching him from starboard aft of cargo hold 5. The perpetrators threatened the duty A/B with a knife when he tried to use his handheld radio to call for assistance. While the duty A/B was being held by one of the perpetrators, the other two perpetrators entered the accommodation area. Some minutes later, the three perpetrators jumped into a waiting boat and escaped. Some engine spare parts were stolen.
4. Vela Ocean
2125 hrs 22° 15' N, 91° 18.13' E Chittagong Alpha Anchorage, Bangladesh
While at anchor, the duty watchmen spotted seven perpetrators attempting to board the ship. The duty officer sounded the general alarm immediately, followed by a public announcement to alert crew of the situation. The crew was mustered at the ship’s office while the duty watchmen entrapped the perpetrators, resulting in a futile boarding attempt. The perpetrators eventually jumped overboard and escaped. The crew was not injured and nothing was stolen.
1. Maersk Tangier
2310 hrs 6° 15.9' N, 3° 12.2' E Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria
While at anchor, a perpetrator was sighted on deck and the crew raised the alarm. The perpetrator jumped overboard immediately and escaped in a waiting skiff, with another perpetrator on board. The crew was not injured and nothing was stolen.