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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:


13.11.2020: 0212 UTC: Posn: 04:53.2N – 001:42.6W, Takoradi Port Anchorage, Ghana.

Unnoticed, robbers boarded an anchored container ship, broke into the forecastle store, stole ship’s stores and escaped. Incident noticed during routine rounds and reported to the port authorities.



11.11.2020: 0100 UTC: Posn: 05:12N – 002:35E, Around 70nm South of Cotonou, Benin.

Around eight armed pirates in a skiff chased and attempted to board a product tanker underway. Master raised the alarm, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and activated the distress alert. As the skiff closed it opened fire towards the bridge and accommodation. A Nigerian Navy patrol boat responded to the distress alert. Due to the hardening measures taken by the Master, the skiff aborted the attack. The patrol boat rendezvoused with the tanker and escorted her to a safe port. Some bridge and accommodation damage was reported due to the firing.



09.11.2020: 2028 UTC: Posn: 04:45.42N - 002:26.83E, Around 95nm South of Cotonou, Benin.

A product tanker underway was approached by two skiffs. Alarm raised and all non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. The Master increased speed, commenced evasive manoeuvres, activated the fire pump and notified the Regional Authorities. The skiffs attempted to close in and fired upon the vessel. The vessel's hardening and evasive manoeuvres resulted in the skiff aborting the attack and moving away. Vessel and crew reported safe.



07.11.2020: 0615 UTC: Posn: 03:31N – 002:34E, Around 172nm South of Cotonou, Benin.

Pirates armed with rifles boarded a product tanker underway. Alarm raised, main engine stopped, SSAS activated, CSO informed and all crew mustered in the citadel. Benin Navy dispatched a patrol boat. An Italian Navy frigate and its helicopter responded. A naval boarding team boarded the tanker and once clearance was given, the crew emerged from the citadel and regained control of the tanker. All crew members are reported safe.


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