Incidents reported by the IMB in the last 7 days:
0330 UTC: Posn: 06:18.06N – 003:23.35E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
During routine rounds, duty crew, getting a strong smell of cargo, approached the forward cargo tanks and noticed one unauthorised person jumping overboard with a hose. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Investigations indicated that the person was trying to steal cargo. Incident reported to the Navy patrol boat in the vicinity. A search of the surrounding waters conducted. Nothing reported stolen.
1240 UTC: Posn: 10:44N – 106:44E: Lotus Port, Pu My Bridge, Vietnam.
Third officer on routine rounds onboard a berthed general cargo ship noticed an unauthorised person on deck throwing items over the shipside. On checking the duty officer noticed two boats collecting the items. Alarm raised. Seeing the approaching officer, the unauthorised person escaped. Upon checking it was found the padlock of the forward store was broken. Local authorities notified.
1925 UTC: Posn: 02:55.8N – 105:10.8E, Around 16nm NW of Pulau Damar, Indonesia.
Seven pirates armed with a pistol and knives in a small speed boat boarded a bulk carrier underway using a ladder attached with a hook. Master and the second officer taken hostage, tied up and assaulted by the pirates. The pirates stole cash and crew personal belongings before escaping. Incident reported to Korean Authorities.
0240 UTC: Posn: 08:28.1N – 013:28.1W, Freetown Anchorage, Sierra Leone.
Five robbers armed with knives in a small wooden boat approached and boarded an anchored container ship using a rope attached with a hook. The robbers took hostage the duty crew and stole his personal belongings and ship’s properties. Alert crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. All doors locked and crew mustered. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped. Port Control informed. During the incident the duty crew sustained injuries.
0230 UTC: Posn: 01:13N - 103:31E, Around 2.9nm South of Tanjung Piai, Johor, Malaysia.
Six small wooden boats approached a tug and barge underway. The unauthorised persons boarded the barge, stole its cargo of scrap metal and escaped. The Master contacted the local authorities who dispatched a patrol vessel to investigate.
2250 UTC: Posn: 02:58N - 004:40E, Around 124nm SW of Brass, Nigeria.
Armed pirates in two speed boats boarded and hijacked a general cargo ship underway. The Owners were unable to contact the ship and immediately informed the Nigerian Authorities. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) received the information from the Nigerian Authorities and made contact with the Owners. The IMB PRC notified the Regional Authorities and the Ghana Navy Maritime Ops center dispatched a patrol boat to intercept the ship. On 15.07.2019, the Ghana Navy Patrol Boat located the ship and escorted her to a safe port for investigation. It was reported that several crew members were missing from the ship. Further investigation are on-going
For the latest reports go to the IMB Piracy Reporting Center