WeeklyPiracy Report

The following reports are from the IMB’s website. More info here.

Recently reported incidents

07.12.2007: 0206 UTC: 06:14N – 003:22E, Lagos anchorage, Nigeria.
Two pirates, armed with guns and knives, boarded a bulk carrier drifting. The pirates tied up the aft watchmen.  The forward watchman sighted the pirates, ran into the accommodation and locked all entrance doors.  Duty officer informed, alarm raised and crew mustered.  Pirates immediately jumped overboard and fled in the waiting wooden motor boat. The two watchmen had light injuries.  Port control informed.
28.11.2007 late evening off Lagos, Africa.
In what appeared to be a military launch with twelve armed robbers dressed in military fatigues approached the tanker at anchor.  Nine persons boarded the vessel and ordered the master to disembark into their launch.  The master refused and escaped towards the accommodation. The robbers opened fire on the master. Luckily, the master escaped unhurt. While searching and looting the accommodation, the robbers took as hostage, the 2nd officer, one A/B and the cook.  The three hostages were released after 90 minutes in exchange for cash and cigarettes. On 29.11.2007, the master received a phone call, threatening him that the robbers would attack again in the next port.
09.12.2007: 0430 LT: Posn 06:44S – 039:32E port of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Pirates boarded a container ship drifting. Pirates boarded unnoticed. They broke padlocks, removed container lashing bars and stole ship’s stores and cargo.  On carrying out a search only footprints were noticed. Port control was informed.

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 26 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

  • BrazilThough 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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