Incidents reported by the IMB since the last report:
Posn : 02:14.5N – 005:03.7E: around 142NM SW of Brass, Nigeria.
Seven heavily armed pirates attacked and boarded a general cargo ship underway. The crew retreated into the citadel and contacted the owners and IMB PRC. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre immediately started liaising with the Nigerian Authorities and requested for assistance. Two Nigerian Naval vessels responded. By the time the naval vessels arrived near the ship, the pirates had disembarked. The crew emerged from the citadel and the Naval vessels remained alongside the ship until daylight to ensure safety and security.
Posn: Off Ivory Coast.
A fishing vessel carrying out fishing activities was boarded and hijacked by ten pirates. Upon receiving the distress message, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) immediately started liaising with the Regional authorities and the vessel operators. A Nigerian navy patrol vessel intercepted and boarded the hijacked vessel, apprehended the pirates rescued the crew and escorted the fishing vessel to a safe port. All crew report safe.
18.05.2020: 1315 UTC:
Posn: 01:13.3N – 104:06.5E, Singapore Straits.
Six robbers armed with machetes boarded a barge under tow. Three duty watchmen onboard the barge were threatened by the robbers. One watchman was taken hostage while the other two watchmen managed to escape and raise the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with the watchmen’s stolen mobile phones. Authorities informed and they boarded the vessel for investigation.
09.05.2020: 1548 UTC:
Posn: 01:15.2N - 104:05.8E, Singapore Strait.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded a Bulk Carrier underway. They injured the duty crew on watch and stole his personal properties. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties. Incident reported to VTIS.
17.05.2020: 1925 UTC:
Posn: 05:53.95S – 105:59.07E, Merak Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers armed with long knives in a small boat boarded an anchored tanker using a ladder. They forced their way into the steering gear room after breaking the padlock. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped in their boat. A search was carried out. It was reported that engine spares were stolen. Port Control was informed.
21.05.2020: 1830 UTC:
Posn: 20:57.2N - 107:18.8E, Campha Anchorage, Vietnam.
Unnoticed, robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier and stole ship’s stores. The incident was noticed after the completion of cargo operations. Incident reported to local agent.
16.05.2020: 1830 UTC:
Posn: Anyer Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty crew on routine rounds onboard an anchored tanker noticed a robber armed with a knife. OOW informed and alarm raised. While retreating into the accommodation, the duty crew spotted another robber emerging from the emergency steering room. Crew mustered, and the robbers were seen escaping in their boat. A search was carried out and engine spares were reported missing.
16.05.2020: 2100 UTC:
Posn: 01:05.3N – 104:10.8E, Tanjung Uban Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty crew on routine rounds, onboard an anchored product tanker noticed three robbers armed with knives. The crew raised the alarm and retreated into the accommodation. Crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped. Nothing was reported stolen. Vessel and crew safe.
15.05.2020: 2100 – 2230 UTC:
Posn: Belawan Port, Indonesia.
Unnoticed, robbers boarded a berthed product tanker and stole ship’s stores. The incident was noticed after the completion of cargo operations. Incident reported to Port Authority.
SUSPICIOUS: THIS INCIDENT WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE STATISTICS
14.05.2020 : 0130 UTC :
Posn: 04:34.70N ‐ 002:29.90E, Around 107nm South Of Cotonou, Benin
Two skiffs were noticed following a Ro- Ro Vessel underway at a distance of 2.5nm. The master, increased speed, altered course and notified the IMB Piracy Reporting Center (IMB PRC). Upon receiving the message, the IMB PRC immediately alerted the Authorities in the Region, and commenced liaising with the authorities and vessel operators. The skiffs stopped following the vessel and moved away after around one hour.
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