Piracy Week – to 10 September 2007

Suspicious crafts

Recently reported incidents

04.09.2007: 0001 LT Callao anchorage, Peru.
Robbers boarded a container ship, tied up the watchman and stole ship’s stores crews’ personal effects.  Local authorities and agents informed but did not get any assistance.
09.09.2007: 0030 LT: 06:15.43S – 108:27.23E, Balongan anchorage, Indonesia.
Two robbers boarded an anchored tanker. They broke the store lock and stole ship’s property. They tried to lower the stolen items into a waiting boat but could not do so as the boat had drifted away due to engine failure and the current. Alert crew raised alarm and two crew confronted the robbers who jumped overboard. However, they could not board their boat which was adrift. One robber hung to the ballast overboard discharge on the stbd side and the other robber had drifted away due to current and swell. All crew gathered on deck and rescued the other robber. Indonesian navy and police were informed and were told about the adrift boat and the missing robber. The authorities managed to tow the boat but could not find the missing robber. The authorities boarded the ship for investigation and the master handed over the robber. No injuries to crew and nothing stolen.

Piracy prone areas and warnings

S E Asia and the Indian Sub Continent

  • Bangladesh : Chittagong anchorages and approaches – Though the number of attacks have fallen the area is still listed as very high risk.
  • Indonesia : Balongan, Balikpapan, Belawan, Tanjong Priok (Jakarta). Generally be vigilant in other areas. Many attacks may have gone unreported.
  • Malacca straits : Though attacks have decreased due to increased patrolling by the Littoral States, ships advised to maintain strict anti piracy watches when transiting the area.
  • Singapore Straits
  • Vietnam: Vung Tau

Africa and Red Sea

  • Lagos (Nigeria): Crew kidnapped and robbed. Generally be vigilant in other areas in Nigeria.
  • Dar es Salaam (Tanzania): Sixteen incidents reported since 5 June 2006. Pirates targeting ships in port and anchorages
  • Gulf of Aden / Red Sea : Numerous pirate attacks have been reported by ships and yachts in the Gulf of Aden. Some of the vessels were fired upon.
  • Somalian waters : Piracy has made a come back in Somalia. Pirates fire automatic weapons and on one occasion, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired force the ship to stop. Eastern and North eastern coasts are high risk areas for attacks and hijackings. Ships not making scheduled calls to ports in Somalia should keep as far away as possible from the Somali coast, ideally more than 200 nautical miles.

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