Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days:
0815 UTC: Posn: 03:52.8N - 007:04.5E,
Around 30nm SSW of Bonny Island, Nigeria.
Two speed boats with 16-armed person chased and fired upon an offshore supply vessel underway. Alarm raised, vessel increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvres and non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. The escorting security vessel intervened to repel the attack. Vessel sustain bullet damage on the bridge. All crew reported safe. Nigerian Navy escorted the vessel to a safe port.
1115 UTC: Posn: 03:57.2N – 006:39.0E,
Around 32nm SE of Brass, Nigeria.
Pirates armed with machine guns in two speed boats approached an offshore support vessel underway. The Captain immediately notified the naval escort security boat which maneuvered to engage the attackers. One speed boat closed in from port side of the vessel and crossed the bow, while the other speed boat exchanged fire with the security boat. Alarm raised, crew proceeded to the engine room and all power was shut down. The pirates boarded the vessel with the aid of an elongated ladder. They broke into the accommodation, vandalized the cabins and took crew belongings and vessel’s properties.
The pirates then proceeded to the engine room, kidnapped five men and escaped. The remaining crews sailed the vessel under escort to a safe anchorage. One Nigerian Navy armed guard reported killed in the exchange of fire between the naval security boat and the pirates. Investigations ongoing.
1106 UTC: Posn: 03:43.1S – 114:26.3E,
Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty watchman on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed two robbers attempting to board via the anchor chain. He immediately informed the OOW who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers retreated into their waiting skiff and escaped. Incident reported to Taboneo Port Control.
0430 UTC: Posn: 00:03.5N – 050:57.8W,
Macapa Anchorage, Brazil.
Two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier by using a rope with a hook. Duty AB on routine rounds spotted the robbers and immediately informed the OOW, who raised the alarm. PA announcement made and all crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. Incident was reported to Port Authorities.
1940 UTC: Posn: 05:52N - 001:24E,
Around 17nm SSE of Lome, Togo.
Armed pirates attack and boarded a product tanker underway. Alarm raised and crew mustered in the citadel. On taking the headcount, four crew were identified as missing. Upon receiving a MAYDAY message from the Master, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) immediately informed the Togo Authorities. A naval patrol boat was dispatched to assist the tanker.
The IMB PRC continued to liaise with the Authorities and the Owners until the naval patrol boat arrived at the location of the tanker and the crew emerged from the citadel. On searching the ship one crew was found hiding in a compartment. The tanker was escorted to Lome anchorage for further investigations. Three crew remain missing.
For the latest reports go to the IMB Piracy Reporting Center