Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days:
07.01.2019: 0110 UTC:
Posn: 06:15.7N – 003:12.8E, Lagos SAA, Nigeria.
Around 4-5 robbers in a small skiff came alongside an anchored product tanker and threw two ropes attached with hooks onto the tanker’s railing. Duty crew on routine rounds heard voices near the bow and noticed the hooks and the skiff. Alarm raised. Non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel. Master requested assistance from the Nigerian Navy patrol boat which immediately responded. Hearing the alarm, the robbers moved away. The patrol boat searched the waters around the tanker.
07.01.2019: 0320 UTC:
Posn: 06:16.3N - 003:20.1E, Lagos STS Anchorage, Nigeria.
Two robbers with plastic hoses boarded an anchored tanker during STS operations. They connected the hoses to the ullage ports of the forward cargo tanks and attempted to steal cargo. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping. The incident was immediately reported to the Nigerian Navy patrol boat who came to the location and carried out a check on the surrounding waters. Nothing reported stolen.
03.01.2019: 0328 UTC:
Posn: Cartagena Inner Anchorage, Colombia.
Deck watchmen onboard an anchored container vessel noticed three robbers near the forecastle and informed the duty officer. Alarm raised, crew mustered inside the accommodation and all doors were locked from inside. Master reported the incident to the coastguard and requested assistance. A coastguard boat arrived and searched the waters around the vessel. Ship’s properties were reported missing.
03.01.2019: 0445 UTC:
Posn: 10:16N – 064:42W, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.
Duty crew onboard an anchored tanker noticed robbers attempting to board using a grappling hook hooked to the guardrails of the poop deck. Alarm was raised and ship’s horn sounded. Hearing the alerted crew the robbers aborted the boarding attempt and escaped in their boat. Incident reported to Port Control.
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