Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days:
22.12.2018: 0059 UTC: Posn: 04:44.9S – 011:45.4E, Pointe Noire Anchorage, Republic of The Congo.
Four armed robbers boarded an anchored container ship via the anchor chain. General alarm raised, crew mustered in citadel and rocket flares were fired. The robbers escaped. Upon investigation, ship’s stores were reported stolen. Incident reported to Pointe Noire Port Control via VHF.
05.12.2018: 1200 UTC: Off Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia.
The owner of a fishing trawler lost contact with the crew and notified the police. A search was carried out and the fishing trawler was found drifting without any crew. Authorities are investigating the disappearance of the crew who are believed to have been kidnapped.
29.10.2018: 1212 UTC: Posn: 04:47S – 010:08E, Around 102nm West of Pointe Noire, Republic of The Congo.
Armed pirates in a speed boat attacked a product tanker carrying out bunkering operations at sea. They took hostage the crew members and hijacked the tanker. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre received information from the Owners, and alerted the relevant authorities in the Gulf of Guinea. On 02 Nov 2018, the Owners confirmed the tanker was released around 50nm SW of Bayelsa, Nigeria. Eight crew members are reported missing. The remaining crew members sailed the tanker to a safe port.
14.12.2018: 0810 UTC: Posn: 10:11.86N – 064:46.9W, Puerto Jose Anchorage, Venezuela.
Four robbers were sighted on the forecastle deck of an anchored crude oil tanker. At daybreak crew searched the entire tanker. Nothing reported as stolen. Incident reported to Puerto Jose VTS through agent resulting in a patrol boat responding carrying out a check of the surrounding waters.
14.12.2018: 2335 UTC: Posn: 04:39.9N – 004:01.0E, Around 93nm West of Bayelsa, Nigeria.
Seven armed pirates, in a speed boat, approached and fired upon a chemical tanker underway. Alarm sounded and all crew mustered in the citadel. The onboard armed security guard returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. All crew safe.
03.11.2018: 1720 UTC: Posn: 13:43.38N – 121:02.39E, Tabangao Anchorage, Batangas, Philippines.
Duty watchman onboard an anchored container ship noticed two robbers on deck and notified the Second Officer. Alarm raised, PA announcement made and all crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties. Coast Guard was immediately notified via VHF. They arrived at the location and managed to apprehend the robbers and recover the stolen items.
For the latest reports go to the IMB Piracy Reporting Center