During 30 Apr-6 May 19, one actual incident of armed robbery against ship was reported at Visakhapatnam SPM anchorage, India. The location of the incident is shown in map below; and detailed description tabulated in attachment.
13/04/19 1536 hrs
17° 37.1' N, 83° 19.2’ E
Visakhapatnam SPM anchorage, India
While proceeding to anchor at Visakhapatnam SPM anchorage, the ship was approached by 11 perpetrators in five country boats. The master sounded the ship's whistle, raised the alarm and made an announcement on the PA system. The accommodation and other spaces of the ship were secured and guarded by the crew. The master also reported the incident to Vizag Port Control and Indian Coast Guard (ICG), requesting for assistance. The perpetrators subsequently boarded the ship via the main deck. The crew did not offer resistance but monitored the perpetrators and managed to restrict their movement to deck.
Upon receiving the information from the master, the Port Control informed Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) / Vizag Port Trust (VPT), Coastal Security Police (CSP) and ICG along with the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) and Dy PFSO. CISF / VPT and ICG crafts were despatched to the location. Upon seeing the authorities’ crafts approaching, the perpetrators escaped in their boats. The crew was not injured and no items were stolen.
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