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

Incidents reported by the IMB since the last report:


07.11.2020: 1620 UTC:

Posn: 03:35.9N – 004:36.3E, Around 87nm SW of Bayelsa, Nigeria.

Seven armed pirates in a boat chased a product tanker underway. Alarm raised, crew mustered in citadel, and activated the fire pump. As the boat approached the tanker, the armed team fired warning shots resulting in the boat moving away. Vessel and crew safe. The Incident was reported to local agent.



04.11.2020: 0549 UTC:

Posn: 02:43.92N – 006:02.81E, Around 96nm SSW of Brass, Nigeria.

Around six to seven pirates armed with rifles attacked and boarded a product tanker underway. Alarm raised and all crew mustered in the citadel. Local authorities notified. A security vessel was dispatched to assist the tanker. Once the pirates escaped the crew emerged and noticed the bridge equipment damaged. Ship’s item were also reported stolen. Under the escort of the security vessel the ship proceeded to a safe port. Vessel and crew safe.



04.11.2020: 0301-0700 UTC:

Posn: 00:03.7S – 051:10.0W, Santana Port, Brazil.

Unnoticed, robbers boarded a berthed bulk carrier, broke into the forecastle store, stole ship’s stores and escaped. Incident noticed during routine rounds.



02.11.2020: 2330 UTC:

Posn: 14:22.9S – 040:42.1E, Nacala Anchorage, Mozambique.

Around four to five robbers armed with long knives in a wooden boat came alongside an anchored bulk carrier. They boarded the ship using hooks attached with ropes and broke into the paint locker. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the robbers, alerted the Duty Officer and retreated into the accommodation. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The robbers stole ship’s stores and escaped. Local agents informed.



25.10.2020: 1735 UTC:

Posn: 01:15.76N – 104:08.65E, Singapore Straits.

After the pilot disembarked, the Master onboard a bulk carrier underway was contacted by VTIS indicating that the ship may have been boarded by robbers. Master immediately raised the alarm and made announcement on the PA system. As the crew searched the accommodation and engine room, the 4th Engineer encountered three robbers armed with long knives. One of the robbers chased the 4th Engineer. Fortunately, the 4th Engineer managed to escape. Master was advised to drop anchor near Pulau Batam and two Indonesian Navy warships arrived. Indonesian Navy personnel then boarded the ship to investigate. Upon investigation, no robbers were found and the ship resumed her voyage.



27.10.2020: 2105 UTC:

Posn: 01:42.5N – 101:28.2E, Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia.

Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored chemical tanker noticed wet footsteps on the poop deck and saw an unauthorised person escaping. Duty Officer notified. The duty AB reported that the person had gained access to the tanker via a bamboo pole and that there were an additional three persons waiting in a boat. the Incident was reported to local agent.



25.10.2020: 1700 UTC:

Posn: 01:14.8N – 104:07.5E, Singapore Straits.

While underway, a speed boat approached a bulk carrier and came alongside at the starboard quarter. Alarm raised, deck lights switched on, crew mustered and ship’s whistle sounded. Seeing the alerted crew, the persons aborted the attempted boarding and escaped.



25.10.2020: 1515 UTC:

Posn: 01:15.0N – 104:05.8E, Singapore Straits.

Duty crew onboard a bulk carrier underway spotted five robbers armed with knives in the engine store room and immediately informed the OOW. Alarm raised and PA announcement made. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped. Some engine spares were reported stolen. Incident reported to the Singapore VTS. Vessel and crew safe.



26.10.2020: 0125 UTC:

Posn: 08:44.43S – 013:17.75E, Luanda Anchorage, Angola.

Five robbers in a wooden boat approached and came alongside an anchored Offshore Support Vessel. Second Officer noticed the boat and observed one person attempting to board the vessel. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Hearing the alarm and seeing the alerted crew, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and escaped in their boat. Incident was reported to Port Authorities.


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