Weekly IMB Piracy Report

Weekly Piracy Report
22-28 August 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 22 to 28 August 2007.


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.

The 2006 Annual IMB Report on Piracy and Armed Attacks against Ships is now published. Please see the end of this page to order.

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

25.08.2007: 0300 UTC: Conakry anchorage, Guinea.
About 30 robbers armed with guns boarded a chemical tanker. Crew locked all access to ship and attempted to contact local authorities for help but failed to get any response.  Robbers later left the ship. Nothing stolen and no harm to crew / ship.  Ship weighed anchor and proceeded to high seas for safety.
02.08.2007: 0100 LT: Shell jetty, Sandakan. Sabah, Malaysia.
An unknown person boarded a berthed product tanker via the gangway. The crew spotted him and chased him. The robber ran towards the forecastle, jumped overboard, and escaped.
24.08.2007: 0055 LT:  03:55.3N – 098:46.56E: Belawan anchorage, Indonesia.
A product tanker at anchor, waiting to berth, maintained an anti piracy watch on the forecastle, main deck and poop deck. The ABs on the main deck and poop heard the AB on the forecastle shouting. They alerted the bridge on radio.  The D/O tried to contact him but there was no response.  The alarm was raised and the crew alerted.  A through search was carried out for the AB but he was not found. Local authorities informed.
23.08.2007: 0555 UTC: 00:58N – 050:48E, Somalia.
A container ship, underway, spotted a suspected pirate boat at a range of 10 nm. The boat suddenly increased speed and headed for the ship.  The ship increased speed and took evasive manoeuvres to maintain a CPA of not less than 5 nm with the boat. The suspected boat pursued the ship for around two and a half hours before giving up the pursuit.
22.08.2007: 1605 UTC: 01:04.1N – 103:30.4E, Karimun STS anchorage, Indonesia.
Eight robbers armed with knives boarded a product tanker. They held three duty crew and tide them up. The robbers broke open the engine store and stole spares. D/O raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped in an unlit boat.
18.08.2007: 0300 LT: Posn 03:54.47N – 098:46.68E, Belawan anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded a general cargo ship, at anchor, and held one AB as hostage.  They stole ship’s stores and escaped. The AB was released unharmed.  Local authorities informed.

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