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IMB ICC Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 2020 - Reported in Last 7 days #marsec #piracy @IMB_P

Incidents reported by the IMB since the last report:


27.03.2020: 1700 UTC: Posn: 02:45.6N – 006:54.9E, Around 97nm South of Bonny Island, Nigeria. About ten pirates armed with AK-47 in a skiff doing 21 knots, chased and fired upon a container ship underway. Master raised the alarm, activated distress alert, increased speed and took evasive manoeuvres, resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack and moving away. The crew and ship are safe.


07.02.2020: 1310 UTC: Posn: 21:41.72N – 091:50.34E, Matarbari Anchorage, Bangladesh. Duty AB onboard an anchored tug noticed robbers armed with knives boarding the tug and immediately informed the Duty Officer. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Robbers stole ship’s stores and escaped. Incident reported to the Coast Guard who boarded the tug for investigation.



20: 1006 UTC: Posn: 03:07.7N – 005:35.8E, Around 75nm SSW of Bayelsa, Nigeria.

Seven armed pirates in a black speed boat approached and attempted to board a bulk carrier underway. Alarm raised and all non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. Master activated SSAS alert, increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvres, resulting in the pirates aborting the approach. Vessel and crew safe.


22.03.2020: 1885 UTC: Posn: Batangas Port, Philippines.

Duty crew onboard a berthed product tanker noticed a robber with a long knife near the forecastle and immediately informed the OOW. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robber escaped. Vessel and crew safe.


22.03.2020: 0557 UTC: Posn: 00:33.21N – 008:25.21E, Around 62nm WNW of Libreville, Gabon.

Pirates boarded a container ship underway. Most crew managed to retreat into the citadel. Regional Authorities notified and assistance was dispatched to the ship. When the crew emerged from the citadel seven crew were reported missing.


17.03.2020: 0330 UTC: Posn: Macapa Anchorage, Brazil.

Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed a small boat near the bow and notified the OOW. As he headed forward to check, three robbers intercepted him and took him hostage. The OOW raised the alarm when he noticed some movements near the forecastle and the AB did not respond to his calls on the walkie-talkie. Crew mustered and moved forward. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers released the captured AB and escaped with the AB’s walkie-talkie and ship’s stores.


27.02.2020: 2230 UTC: Posn: 16:58N – 082:18E, Kakinada Anchorage, India.

Seven persons in a dinghy boat approached and boarded an anchored offshore tug. They stole lube oil drums and escaped. Incident reported to Kakinada Coast Guard. Two coast guard ships were deployed to search the fishing boats in the vicinity.


19.03.2020: 0045 UTC: Posn: 06:18.80N – 003:21.30E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.

A robber boarded an anchored tanker. Duty crew spotted the robber and raised the alarm. Crew mustered. Hearing the alarm, the robber escaped with stolen cargo. Port control and Nigerian navy notified. A patrol boat was dispatched and Nigeria Naval personnel boarded the vessel for investigations.

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