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 8 to 14 April 2008.
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
Violent attacks carried out by pirates on board vessels at anchor and vessel carrying out STS operations. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in these waters.
Recently reported incidents
06.04.2008: 2000 UTC: 05:17.7N – 004:43.03E: Nigeria.
An unlit speedboat approached a tanker from the stern. Alarm raised and SSAS alarm activated. The speedboat Fired warning shots from automatic weapons and left. No injuries to crew or any damage to ship suffered.
13.04.2008: 0205 LT: 03:13N – 105:26E, Off Pulau Mangkai, Indonesia
12 pirates, in a speedboat, armed with guns, swords and iron bars approached a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, crew directed fire hoses and SSAS activated. Pirates boarded the ship and stole crew personal belongings, ship’s cash and property. After 50 minutes, they left the ship. No injuries to crew except minor bruises. Ships in vicinity alerted.
13.04.2008: 0355 LT: 03:16.18N – 105:26.68E, off Pulau Mangkai, Indonesia.
Pirates armed with long knives in a speedboat boarded a product tanker underway. They stole crew personal belongings and ship’s property and escaped. No injuries.
12.04.2008: 0511 UTC: 14:33.6N – 050:32.2E, Gulf of Aden.
Two suspicious crafts doing 17 knots approached a container ship underway. Master took evasive manoeuvres and increased speed to outrun the crafts. Both crafts had six to seven persons onboard. No weapons sighted. There were several other small boats in the vicinity; however, there was no indication that these boats were associated with the two suspect crafts.
09.04.2008: 1720 UTC: 13:57.5N – 051:13.1E: Gulf of Aden.
A general cargo ship, underway, noticed a target on the radar at a range of 6nm. When 4nm off, the boat switched off her lights altered course and headed towards the general cargo ship. As the ship altered course to increase the CPA, the suspicious boat kept altering course to get closer. The ship switched off its navigation and all other lights to take cover in the darkness. At a range of 2nm, the boat aborted. At a distance of 6nm the ship switched on it’s navigational lights and resumed her original course.
08.04.2008: 0247 LT: Dar es Salaam anchorage no. 6, Tanzania.
Anti piracy watchman sighted one robber near the boson store, on a container ship at anchor. On sighting the watchman, the robber jumped overboard and escaped in a waiting boat. Alarm raised. Investigations indicated duty watch keepers had abandoned their stations to look into a noise they had heard, allowing the robber to access the ship unnoticed. Ship’s stores were found stolen.
08.04.2008: 0700UTC: 14:30N-051:52E: Gulf of Aden.
Suspicious boats approached and circled a tanker underway three times in 20 minutes. At first, one boat circled the vessel. In the second and third instance, four boats circled the vessel. The master increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and enforced effective measures to prevent suspicious boats from closing in.
07.04.2008: 0900 LT: 15:06N-052:55E: Gulf of Aden.
One fishing boat approached a vessel underway. The boats showed white flags and asked for food. Ship activated fire hoses. After 30 minutes, the boats left.
01.04.2008: 14:30N – 049:10E:75nm South of Mukalla port: Gulf of Aden.
Pirates armed with guns attacked and hijacked a fishing vessel and sailed into Somali territorial waters. The fishing vessel, along with its 34 crew was released when a military helicopter intervened.
31.03.2008: 12:10N-052:10E: Abd Al-Kuri Island, Gulf of Aden.
Pirates armed with guns attacked and boarded a fishing vessel. They shot and injured the master on his left shoulder, stole three zodiac boats and escaped into Somali waters.