Weekly Piracy Report

Weekly Piracy Report
27 November – 03 December 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 27 November 03 December 2007.

ALERT

Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh
The number of attacks has reduced since 2006. However, the area is still listed as a high risk area and mariners are advised to be cautious especially while approaching the anchorage and while at anchor at Chittagong

Suspicious crafts

Recently reported incidents

29.11.2007: 0530 LT: 03:51N – 098:48E, SBM Belawan, Indonesia.

Duty quartermaster onboard a product tanker noticed two robbers hiding under windlass.  D/o informed and crew mustered. Robbers jumped overboard and escaped in a boat waiting below. Nothing stolen but it appeared that the robbers tried to lower the fire wire.

Piracy prone areas and warnings

Mariners are warned to be extra cautious and to take necessary precautionary measures when transiting the following areas:

S E Asia and the Indian Sub Continent

  • Bangladesh : Compared to 2006 the number of attacks has reduced. However, the area is still listed as a high risk area and mariners are advised to be cautious especially while approaching the anchorage and while at anchor at Chittagong.
  • Indonesia : Balongan, Balikpapan, Belawan, Tanjong Priok (Jakarta). Generally be vigilant in other areas. Many attacks may have gone unreported.
  • Malacca straits : Though the number of attacks has dropped due to the increase and constant patrols by the littoral states relevant Authorities since July 2005, ships are advised to continue maintaining a strict anti piracy watch when transiting the straits.
  • Singapore Straits : Even though the number of attacks has reduced in the light of increased patrols by the relevant authorities, there have been a few attacks reported. Mariners are advised to remain cautious while transiting these waters.

Africa and Red Sea

  • Lagos (Nigeria): Pirates are violent and attack / rob / kidnap crews. Generally be vigilant in other areas in Nigeria.
  • Dar es Salaam (Tanzania): Pirates are targeting ships in port and anchorages.
  • Mombasa (Kenya): Container ships are being targeted.
  • Gulf of Aden / Red Sea : A number of suspicious craft reports have been received. These craft either set a collision course, or pursue the ships. Mariners advised to be cautious. In the past, some of the vessels have been fired upon.
  • Somalian waters : The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has received 31 actual and attempted attacks so far this year. Many more attacks may have gone unreported. Some pirates are dangerous and would fire their automatic weapons at ships to stop them. Occasionally, they would use their RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) launchers at ships. Pirates are believed to be using “mother vessels” to launch attacks at very far distance from coast. These “mother vessel” is able to proceed to very far out to sea to launch smaller boats to attack and hijack passing ships. Eastern and Northeastern coasts are high risk areas for attacks and hijackings. Vessels 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. Mariners are also advised to report any suspicious boats to the Centre.

South and Central America and the Caribbean waters

  • Brazil Though the number of attacks has dropped in Santos, ships are advised to continue to be vigilant.
  • Peru – Callao

Rest of the World

  • Arabian Sea – Sightings and calls from suspicious small boats. In some cases, boats pursued the ships with unknown intent.

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