Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days:
0745 UTC: Posn: 02:31.8S – 080:05.4W, Around 3.6nm WNW of Isla Escalante Island, Guayas, Ecuador.
Duty officer onboard a containership under pilotage noticed a fast-moving target on the radar approaching from astern. Crew alerted, and both searchlights were directed towards the approaching boat. A second boat was noticed. One boat, with around 10 persons with grappling hooks followed the ship, the other, approached the ship from the starboard side and attempted to hook on a telescopic ladder to the ship’s rails. The pilot notified port control and the coast guard. The persons fired a few shots towards the search lights resulting in all crew retreating into the bridge and accommodation. Later the boats aborted their approach and moved away. All crew safe.
0600 UTC: Berth T36, Casablanca Port, Morocco.
Duty officer onboard a berthed bulk carrier, heard noises from the boat deck. As he approached the area he noticed the liferaft opened and two robbers stealing its equipment. Seeing the duty officer the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. Incident reported to the port authority. The harbour master, port police and PSC inspector boarded the vessel to investigate.
0310 UTC: Posn : 06:18.9N - 003:17.4E, Lagos STS Anchorage, Nigeria.
Duty watchkeeper onboard an anchored product tanker noticed some robbers near a cargo tank and others near the ships rails. Alarm raised. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. Nigerian Navy patrol boat notified and a search of the waters around the tanker carried out.
1910 UTC: Posn : 03:53N - 009:30E, Around 15nm SW Of Douala, Cameroon.
Armed persons boarded an anchored ship. They kidnapped four crew members and escaped. The remaining crew sailed the ship to Douala port. Investigation are ongoing.
0236 UTC: Posn: 04:52.86N – 001:41.42W, Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana.
OOW onboard an anchored product tanker noticed the paint room door was open and spotted robbers on the forecastle. He immediately directed the search light towards the robbers and sounded the ship’s horn. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. Takoradi Port Control informed and the Takoradi Marine Police boarded the ship for investigation.
2030 UTC: Posn: 14:33.3N – 120:54.1E, Manila South Quarantine Anchorage, Philippines.
Unnoticed, robbers boarded an anchored container ship and escaped with ship’s properties. The theft was noticed by duty watchman during routine rounds. It was reported that the razor wire installed at the hawse pipe was removed, footprints were found on the deck and the bosun store was broken into. VTMS Manila and local agent informed. Coast Guard boarded the ship for investigation.
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