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

Updated: Apr 21

Incidents reported by the IMB since the last report:


11.04.2020: 0230 UTC:

Posn: 01:42.5N - 104:28.7E, around 16NM NE of Bandar Penawar, Malaysia.

Unnoticed, robber boarded an anchored tanker, stole ship’s properties and escaped. Incident reported to the local agent.



18.04.2020: 2330 UTC:

Posn: 06:16.8N – 002:32.4E, Cotonou Anchorage, Benin.

Armed persons boarded an anchored container ship. Alarm raised and crew took shelter in the citadel. Incident reported to the Benin Authorities. A patrol boat in the vicinity was diverted to the location to rescue the crew members and to provide assistance to the ship. Eight crew reported missing from the ship.



19.04.2020: 1845 UTC:

Posn: Vung Tau Anchorage, Vietnam.

Four robbers in a wooden boat boarded an anchored chemical tanker. Duty watchman on routine rounds noticed the robbers and notified the OOW. Alarm raised and ship’s whistle sounded. Hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. Crew mustered and a search was carried out. Incident reported to Port Control.



15.04.2020: 0330 UTC:

Posn: 18:51.94N – 091:52.56W, Around 12nm North of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico.

Around six persons armed with automatic weapons and pistols boarded an anchored accommodation construction barge. They attempted to enter into the accommodation without success and opened fire towards the superstructure causing damage to three windows. Master raised the alarm, sent distress message, informed CSO and crew mustered in the citadel. The incident was reported to the Marine Control via VHF ch.16 and a naval boat was dispatched to the location. The persons stole the barge’s high value project equipment and escaped. One crew was injured during the incident.



10.04.2020: 0337 UTC:

Posn: 18:36.76N – 093:19.39W, Around 13nm NW of Puerto Dos Bocas, Mexico.

Eight armed robbers boarded a drifting offshore supply ship. They fired several warning shots and later left the vessel. No injuries to crew members. Authorities have been informed.



15.04.2020 – 1700 UTC:

Posn: 01:14.70N – 104:02.30E, Singapore Straits.

Three robbers armed with long knives in an unlit boat approached and boarded a bulk carrier underway. Duty oiler on routine rounds noticed the robbers in the engine room and raised the alarm. Master made PA announcement, crew mustered and made a search. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s engine spares and properties. VTIS informed.



11.04.2020: 0435 UTC:

Posn: 02:52.6S – 080:23.2W, Around 7nm West of Isla Puna, Ecuador.

Six armed robbers boarded a container ship under pilotage. They took hostage two duty crew members and tied them up. Seeing the robbers, the Master raised the alarm, crew mustered and pilot notified the coast guard. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers fired warning shots and escaped. On searching the ship, some containers were noticed broken into. The crew and ship are safe.



13.04.2020: 1910 UTC:

Posn: 14:36.06N – 120:52.16E, Manila Anchorage, Philippines.

Two robbers in an unlit boat approached and boarded an anchored container ship. Duty OS on routine rounds noticed the boat and raised the alarm. Crew mustered and moved forward. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with ship’s properties. No injuries to crew. Incident reported to VTMS.


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