Incidents reported by the IMB since the last report:
26.03.2020: 0820 UTC:
Posn: 05:59.8N – 002:21.2E:
Around 21nm SSW of Cotonou, Benin.
Around five persons in a speed boat approached a product tanker underway. PA announcement was made, accommodation locked down and all non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. Master increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvres, resulting in the pirates aborting the approach and moving away. Vessel and crew safe.
04.03.2020: 0345 UTC:
Posn: 04:54.0N – 001:41.7W,
Takoradi anchorage, Ghana.
Robbers in two wooden boats approached and boarded an anchored general cargo ship, stole ship’s properties and escaped. Alarm raised and extra lookouts posted. Incident reported to Port Control and the Ghana authorities boarded the vessel for investigation.
22.04.2020: 1500 UTC:
Posn: 01:14.8N - 104:03.1E,
Two robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier underway. Duty crew spotted the robbers and informed the OOW. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Singapore Police Coast Guard boarded the vessel for investigation. Nothing reported stolen.
26.04.2020: 2300 UTC:
Posn: 30:03.16N – 047:56.13E,
Umm Qasr Port, Iraq.
Unauthorised persons disguised as stevedores boarded a berthed container ship. They broke into the forepeak store and started stealing ship’s properties by passing them to their accomplices on the jetty. Alert crew noticed the persons and raised the alarm resulting in them escaping. Port Authorities responded and were able to recover and return the stolen items.
11.04.2020: 2100 UTC:
Posn: Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty crew on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed the forward store room door security padlock broken. Further investigation revealed ship’s stores were stolen.
09.04.2020: 0230 UTC:
Posn: 18:29.25N – 093:17.70W,
Hokchi Field, Offshore Puerto Dos Bocas, Mexico.
Duty crew onboard a dynamic positioning pipelaying vessel noticed two boats with seven armed persons approaching at high speed. Alarm raised, PA announcement made and crew mustered in the citadel. Three persons managed to board the vessel. Master activated SSAS, increased speed and commenced manoeuvres resulting in the persons escaping. Port Control notified and a patrol boat was dispatched to assist the vessel. After the crew emerged from the citadel a security search was carried out. Crew and vessel reported safe.
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