Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days
08.05.2018: 0920 UTC:
Posn: 03:37.2N – 006:16.4E, Around 41nm South of Brass, Nigeria.
Six pirates in a speed boat approached and came alongside a bulk carrier underway. They hooked a ladder on the ship’s railing and attempted to board. Master raised the alarm, activated SSAS, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and the non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel. Due to the hardening measures taken by the Master, the pirates aborted the attempted attack and moved away leaving their ladder hanging on the ship’s side.
06.05.2018: 1525 UTC:
Posn: 22:15.0N – 091:44.9E, Chittagong Alpha Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Seven robbers in a wooden boat with an outboard engine approached and attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier using a hook attached to a rope. The crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted the boarding attempt. Local Authorities informed.
06.05.2018: 1530 UTC:
Posn: 00:13.8S – 117:33.8E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier heard noise coming from the hawse pipe and sighted somebody trying to remove the hawse pipe protection cover. OOW immediately informed, alarm raised and ship’s whistle sounded. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers aborted their attempted boarding and escaped. Crew mustered and a search was carried out. Nothing reported stolen. SSO tried to call the port control on VHF but received no response.
05.05.2018: 0530 UTC:
Posn: 12:01.4S – 077:10.7W, Callao Anchorage, Peru.
Three robbers in a wooden boat with an outboard engine approached and boarded an anchored bulk carrier using a hook attached to a rope. Duty lookout noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. OOW sounded the ship’s whistle and notified the Port Authorities. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores.
28.04.2018: 0345 UTC:
Posn: 10:09.69N - 064:48.49W, Puerto Jose Anchorage, Venezuela.
During routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier crew noticed robbers trying to access the vessel via the hawse pipe. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped in empty handed.
Offshore Support Vessel
03.05.2018: 0030 UTC:
Posn: 04:54N - 001:42W, Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana.
Two robbers boarded an offshore supply vessel. Duty watchman noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping. The crew noticed padlock for the paint locker broken but no items stolen. Port Control informed.
29.04.2018: 0400 UTC:
Posn: 04:54N - 001:41W, Takoradi anchorage, Ghana.
Crew on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed a robber on the poop deck and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robber escaped without stealing anything.
24.04.2018: 0617 UTC:
Posn: 04:58.25N – 119:37.90E, Around 6nm WSW of Bongao Island, Philippines.
While transiting the Sibutu passage, two high speed crafts were sighted approaching an ore carrier underway. As the boats closed to the ship, the crew could see a blue colored boat with two persons wearing face masks and a white colored boat with one person wearing a face mask. Two Philippine Naval patrol vessels contacted the ore carrier via vhf channel 16. The high-speed boats closed to three cables from the ship, noticed the hardening, crossed the ship’s stern and moved away. The ship had received cautionary advice from the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard Coast Watch as they were transiting the Sibutu passage.
28.04.2018: 2000 UTC:
Posn: 05:30.13S - 105:18.13E, Panjang Anchorage, Indonesia.
While at anchor, DO noticed a fishing boat approaching the vessel. DO ordered the duty AB to check the fishing boat’s activity. As the duty AB approached the gangway he noticed three robbers on board the vessel and notified the DO who raised the alarm and alerted all crew via the P.A. system. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped in their boat.
For the latest reports go to the IMB Piracy Reporting Center