Incidents reported by the IMB since the last report:
20.02.2020: 0103 UTC:
Posn: 05:08.31N – 002:06.14E, Around 75nm SSW of Cotonou, Benin.
While underway, armed pirates attacked a tanker and kidnapped nine crew members. Vessel sailed to a safe port. Investigations are ongoing.
18.02.2020: 0020 UTC:
Posn: 06:17.53N – 003:14.16E, Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria.
Three persons in a small boat approached an anchored tanker and attempted to board via the anchor chain. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the attempted boarding and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the persons aborted the boarding and escaped in their boat. The incident reported to Port Control.
021-2015.02.2020: 0300-0500 UTC: Posn: 08:43.4S - 013:17.5E, Luanda Anchorage, Angola. Duty crew onboard an anchored support vessel noticed the paint store broken into and ship's stores stolen.
08.02.2020: 1820 UTC:
Posn: 01:15.6N - 104:09.7E, Singapore Straits.
Duty crew onboard a bulk carrier underway noticed six armed robbers in the engine room and raised the alarm. Crew mustered and incident reported to Singapore VTIS. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped with stolen ship's properties. Singapore Police Coast Guard boarded the vessel for inspection.
14.02.2020: 0759 UTC:
Posn: 01:33N – 005:19E, Around 102nm NW of Sao Tome Island, Sao Tome and Principe.
Armed pirates in two boats approached and boarded a container ship underway. Master raised the alarm, sent distress message, stopped the ship and all crew members mustered in the citadel. Upon receiving the distress message, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) immediately alerted the Authorities in the Region, and commenced liaising with the authorities and vessel operators. A security vessel with a Nigerian Navy team was dispatched to assist.
The Sao Tome Navy/Authorities requested a nearby Portuguese patrol boat to assist as well. The crew emerged from the citadel after the Nigerian navy personnel boarded and searched the ship. Some ships equipment were reported as damaged. Under the escort of the security vessel the ship proceeded to a safe port.
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