Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days:
07.09.2018: 0300 UTC:
Posn: 04:55N – 001:43W, Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana.
One robber boarded an anchored tug and managed to steal a high-pressure washer. Two crew members noticed the robber and tried to stop him. The robber waved a knife towards the crew and escaped in a boat. Port control informed via VHF. A security boat responded and caught the robber.
25.09.2018: 1930 UTC:
Posn: 01:20.02N – 104:14.81E, Around 1.5nm SE of Tanjung Bulat, Johor, Malaysia.
Two men armed with swords boarded a drilling rig and robbed two onboard security guards. The robbers tied up the security guards and stole their personal items and communications equipment before departing the rig. The security guards were released by shore-based staff after a few hours when they failed to radio in.
25.09.2018: 0510 UTC:
Posn: 10:16.4N - 064:42.8W: Puerto La Cruze Anchorage, Venezuela.
Two robbers boarded an anchored product tanker. The alert watchkeeper noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. Master contacted the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre which immediately relayed the incident information to the authorities. A coast guard patrol boat was dispatched and the officers boarded the tanker for investigations.
21.09.2018: 0001 UTC:
Posn: 06:16.51N – 003:13.15E, Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored product tanker noticed two boats close to the anchor chain. He immediately notified the OOW and tried to chase away the boats. As the AB approached the No. 1 Cargo Tank he noticed two robbers hiding on deck. The AB raised the alarm and shouted at the robbers resulting in the robbers jumping overboard and escaping. A search was made throughout the tanker. The razor wire abreast the forward cargo tank was found to have been bent allowing access to deck. Nigerian navy informed. A patrol boat came and searched the area. Nothing reported stolen.
25.09.2018: 1142 UTC:
Posn: 02:45.6N – 006:39.1E, Around 100nm SSW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Six armed pirates in a speed boat approached a tanker underway. Master raised the alarm, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, contacted the escort vessel and the non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. The pirates fired towards the tanker and then moved away when they saw the escort vessel approaching. All crew safe and no damages reported.
For the latest reports go to the IMB Piracy Reporting Center