Incidents reported by the IMB since the last report:
22.12.2019: 1720 UTC:
Posn: 01:15.57N - 104:07.01E, Singapore Straits.
Five persons armed with knives and guns boarded a bulk carrier underway. They entered into the engine room, took hostage two duty crew, threatened them and tied them up. The robbers stole engine spares and escaped. Incident reported to Singapore VTIS. A coast guard boat responded and escorted the vessel.
21.12.2019: 0025 UTC:
Posn: 06:15.4N - 003:13.0E, Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria.
Duty crew on board an anchored product tanker noticed two unauthorized persons onboard and raised the alarm. Crew mustered. Naval patrol boat notified via VHF, which responded and searched the waters around the tanker. A search was carried out. Nothing reported stolen.
01.12.2019: 0035 UTC:
Posn: 17:36.9N - 083:21.0E, Visakhapatnam Anchorage, India.
Around 15 to 18 persons in three skiffs approached an anchored bulk carrier. They attempted to board the ship using a rope attached to a hook. Alert crew noticed the attempted boarding and notified the port control and Coast Guard. A patrol vessel was dispatched resulting in the robbers aborting the attempted boarding and escaped. After chasing the boats for a while, the patrol boat managed to stop one skiff and arrested the persons onboard.
22.12.2019: 1600 UTC:
Posn: 01:15.26N – 104:05.00E, Singapore Straits.
While underway, a tanker was boarded by five robbers armed with knives. Two duty crew on routine rounds were confronted by the robbers, who threatened them and tied them up. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. Incident reported to Singapore VTIS.
20.12.2019: 1530 UTC:
Posn: 01:15N – 104:01E, Singapore Straits.
Five robbers armed with long knives boarded a bulk carrier underway. They entered into the engine room, took hostage two duty crew and threatened them with knives. The robbers stole engine spares and escaped. Alarm raised, crew mustered, and incident reported to Singapore VTIS. A coast guard boat responded and escorted the ship to an anchorage, where they boarded the ship for inspection. All crew safe.
21.12.2019: 2230 UTC:
Posn: 00:19.5N – 009:23.7E, Owendo Anchorage, Gabon.
Around six armed persons in a skiff came alongside an anchored bulk carrier and attempted to hook on a ladder to board the vessel. The persons threatened the crew with their weapons. Alarm raised and port authorities notified. Seeing the alerted crew, the armed persons aborted the attempted boarding. Vessel and crew are safe.
10.12.2019: 2025 UTC:
Posn : 05:30.3S - 105:17.5E, Panjang Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They broke into the engine room work shop, stole auxiliary engine spares and escaped. Authorities notified.
17.12.2019: 0230 UTC:
Posn: 04:45.9S – 011:46.6E, Pointe Noire Anchorage, The Congo.
Two robbers in a canoe came alongside an anchored offshore tug. They boarded the vessel, stole ship’s properties and escaped. Incident reported to Port Control.
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