IMB’s Weekly Piracy Report

Weekly Piracy Report
18-24 July 2007

The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 18 to 24 July 2007.

ALERT

Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh
Fifty two incidents have been reported since 28.01.2006. Pirates are targeting ships preparing to anchor. Ships are advised to take extra precautions.

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Suspicious crafts

16.07.2007: 2000 UTC: Off Somalia
Inspite of rough weather, one suspicious boat tried to approach a ship underway. The boat stopped altered course and moved away when she noticed alert crew on board

Recently reported incidents

22.07.2007: 0300 UTC: 06:01.4N – 080:00.5E, 12 nm Off SW Sri Lanka coast, Sri Lanka.
A small, white and light-blue hulled, boat with nine persons on board attempted to board a general cargo ship underway. The boat reduced speed and aborted the attempt at a distance of 0.1 nm abeam the ship.
20.07.2007: 2115 UTC: 12:32N – 044:03E, Gulf of Aden.
An unlit boat, doing about 8 knots, approached a general cargo ship underway on a collision course. Alert crew directed the search light towards the boat and the boat aborted the attempt.
20.07.2007: 2020 UTC: 12:31N – 044:12E, Gulf of Aden.
Two unlit boats, doing about 11.5 knots approached a general cargo ship underway on a collision course. The ship took evasive manoeuvres, increased speed and directed the searchlights towards the boats. The closest the boats got to the ship was about two cables. When the boats came into the beam of the searchlights they aborted the attempt to board
20.07.2007:  1200 LT: 11:09.0N – 052:46.8E, South of Socotra Island, Off Somalia.
A small, white hulled, boat about 30-50 meters long followed a container ship underway. At a distance of about 5 nm, the boat increased speed and approached the ship. The master altered course and the boat adjusted her course to follow the ship. At a distance of 3 nm, the boat stopped following the ship. Master altered course and moved away from the boat.
20.07.2007: 0635 LT: Khorramshahr terminal, Iraq.
While underway to the pilot station, with pilot onboard, a container ship had to pass over fishing nets. The Iraq fishermen opened fire on the vessel.  Bullets hit the accommodation. Pilot notified the incident to the Iranian coast guard and port security officer. No casualties.
18.07.2007: 2100 UTC: Chittagong anchorage ‘B’, Bangladesh.
Twelve robbers, in two small boats, armed with knives, attempted to board a bulk carrier at anchor during lightering operations. D/O raised the alarm, crew mustered. The robbers aborted their boarding attempt.
17.07.2007: 2300 UTC: Chittagong ‘B’ anchorage, Bangladesh.
Six robbers, armed with knives, boarded a bulk carrier at anchor. Duty officer raised the alarm. All crew mustered. The robbers escaped without stealing anything.
16.07.2007: 1130 UTC: Posn 01:46.3S – 047:46.7E, 260 nm off Somalia.
A vessel underway sighted a suspicious boat, length about 20 meters, at a distance of 5 nm.
16.07.2007: 2000 UTC: Posn 00:27S – 049:10E, Somalia.
One suspicious boat tried to approach a ship underway. The boat stopped, altered course and moved away when alert crew were seen onboard.

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