Weekly Piracy Report

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 15 to 21 April 2008.

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

Nigeria
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.

Suspicious crafts

16.04.2008: 0640 UTC: 14:02.0N-050:35.9E: Gulf of Aden.
A tanker underway was approached and trailed by two, 15-meter long boats. One boat had three persons in it and had a yellow hull. The other boat had five persons in it and had a white hull. Crew alerted and all anti piracy, preventive measures enforced.  Ship took evasive manoeuvres.  The two suspicious boats moved away and headed in a southwesterly direction.  Ship reported to a coalition warship in the area.  When warship arrived in the area, the suspicious boats disappeared.
16.04.2008: 0600 – 1000 LT: 14:26N-050:30E, Gulf of Aden.
Five speedboats, with three persons in each boat, chased a bulk carrier underway.  Ship took evasive manoeuvres, increased speed and crew mustered.  30 minutes later, the boats retreated and regrouped closer to the mother vessel 10 nm on a parallel course. Four hours later, the boats moved away.
15.04.2008: 0600 UTC: 14:35.8N – 050:55.7E, Gulf of Aden.
Three speedboats approached a LPG tanker underway. The boats crossed the bow of the tanker several times. Master altered course and contacted coalition warship in the vicinity. After five minutes the boats moved away and stopped 2.5nm from the tanker.
14.04.2008: 1622 UTC: 15:17N – 052:23E, Gulf of Aden.
Four speedboats approached a tanker underway. At 3nm master altered course and the boats moved away.

Recently reported incidents

14.04.2008: 0340 LT: Lagos anchorage, Nigeria
Five robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier at anchor. They took hostage one duty crew, tied his hands and feet and injured another crew. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm, robbers escaped in their motor boat.
21.04.2008: 0110 UTC: 13:00N-049:07E: Gulf of Aden.
Five speedboats chased and opened fire on a VLCC tanker underway, in ballast.
Vessel increased speed and enforced anti piracy preventive measures. Speedboats aborted the attack after 30 minutes and disappeared. Some damage to Hull.  No injuries to crew
16.04.2008: 0630 LT: Posn: 6:01:9S – 106:53.8E, Tanjung Priok, Indonesia.
Ships crew, on a general cargo vessel, noticed robbers on board just after anchoring. The robbers had broken into the safety equipment locker and had stolen ship stores. When challenged, the robbers jumped over board and escaped. No injuries to crew.
11.04.2008: 1550 UTC: 14:31.1N – 120:50.3E, Manila Bay, Philippines.
Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored general cargo ship via the anchor cable and breaking the hawse pipe cover securing. Two-duty crew saw the robbers and raised alarm. The robbers succeeded in escaping with ships stores and property.

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