Weekly Piracy Report

March 26, 2008

Weekly Piracy Report from the International Maritime Bureau
18-24 March 2008

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 18 to 24 March 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

None reportedRecently reported incidents

23.03.2008: 0055 LT: Tema anchorage, Ghana.
Three robbers boarded a chemical tanker at anchor. Duty crew noticed the robbers. Bridge informed.  D/O raised alarm, sounded ship’s whistle and crew mustered. Robbers jumped into the water and escaped. Nothing stolen. Port control informed. A security boat came and conducted a full search of the area.
19.03.2008: 0312 UTC: 10:46.8N – 066:44.5E, Arabian sea.
A tanker, underway detected a suspicious boat about 6nm ahead. As the tanker altered to keep clear of the boat, the boat kept altering to remain in front of the vessel. Alarm raised, crew mustered and anti-piracy measures initiated. Master increased speed and crew activated fire hoses. At a distance of 3 cables, the boat finally stopped and the tanker and moved away. The crew noticed 6 persons onboard the boat.
19.03.2008: 0300 LT: Tanga anchorage, Tanzania.
A robber from a fishing boat boarded an anchored container ship. The robber jumped overboard as soon as the anti-piracy crew spotted him. Alarm raised, crew mustered and searched the ship. Nothing stolen. The watch keepers noticed seven more people in the boat.
18.03.2008: 0350 UTC: 12:53.2N-050:14.7E: Gulf of Aden.
Two speedboats, length 5 meters, with five persons in each boat, dressed in camouflage cloths and armed with automatic weapons approached a VLCC in ballast.  Master raised alarm, crew alerted, evasive manoeuvres taken and speed increased.  The boats fired shots in the air. Later, the boats aborted the attempted boarding.  All vessels in the vicinity warned.
17.03.2008: 0230 LT: Enroute Cagbalite, Mituban and Balisen, Polilio Island, Philippines.
A passenger boat with ten passenger including five crewmembers was returning to Polilio Island after discharging her cargo on the mainland.  Two passengers who had earlier boarded after asking for a ride to Polilio Island took control of the boat and shot dead three crewmembers including the captain. The pirates then tied them to the anchor and threw them overboard. The pirates shot the remaining two-crew members and injured them. One of the injured jumped into the sea and is still missing.  The other injured crew is recuperating in the hospital.  Three other passengers including a child were unharmed. The coast guard has mounted a search for the missing and dead crewmembers and the pirates who fled in a motor boat.

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 : Sixty two incidents have been reported since January 2006. Pirates are targeting ships preparing to anchor. Most attacks reported at Chittagong anchorages and approaches. Although the number of attacks has fallen recently, the area is still listed as very high risk.
  • Indonesia : Balongan, Balikpapan, Belawan. Generally be vigilant in other areas. Many attacks may have gone unreported.
  • Malacca straits : Although 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.
  • Philippines : Manila – Pirates target ships at anchor.
  • Singapore Straits : Pirates seen attacking ships while at anchor but in the past several ships were attacked while underway.

Africa and Red Sea

  • Lagos (Nigeria) : Pirates are violent and have attacked and robbed vessels/kidnapped crews along the coast and river, at anchorages and ports. A total of 42 incidents have been reported in Nigeria since 08.01.2007. Twenty five attacks alone for Lagos and seven for Bonny River. Generally be vigilant in other areas in Nigeria.
  • Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) : Twenty incidents have been reported since 05.06.2006. Pirates are targeting ships in port and anchorages.
  • Mombasa (Kenya):
  • Gulf of Aden / Red Sea : Numerous pirate attacks have been reported by ships and yachts in the Gulf of Aden/Red sea. In the past, some of the vessels were fired upon.
  • Somalian waters : The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has received 31 actual and attempted attacks in 2007. 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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Weekly Piracy Report

March 12, 2008

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 4 to 10 March 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

None reportedRecently reported incidents

02.03.2008: 2315 LT: Posn 06:18.3N – 003:20.54E, Lagos light house anchorage, Nigeria.
Two robbers armed with knives attacked, injured and robbed the duty watchman onboard an anchored tanker. Other watchman, nearby, informed the bridge and tried to assist the watchman. Alarm raised and the robbers jumped overboard and escaped.  Facial injuries tended to by onboard medical officer. Arrangements made for injured AB to visit the doctor the next day. Masters’ attempt to contact port control was futile.
09.03.2008: 1045 LT: 18:03.7N – 119:55.44E, Off Luzon, Philippines.
A tanker was passing a group of 15 fishing vessels. When about 1.5 nm off, three boats left the group and approached the tanker at high speed. One boat came within 10 meters of the tanker. Master took evasive manoeuvres, raised alarm, whistle sounded and crew mustered. After 15 minutes, the boats aborted the attempted attack.
08.03.2008: 0400 LT: Jetty no.106, Belawan port, Indonesia.
Unauthorised persons diverted attention of duty crew and shore watchmen, while three robbers armed with long knives boarded the vessel from offshore side of the vessel and stole ships stores. Luckily, the duty crew spotted the robbers and raised alarm. Upon seeing crew alertness the robbers jumped overboard and escaped in a small unlit craft.
05.03.2008: 0105 UTC: 22:49.5N – 070:02.5E: Kandla anchorage: India.
Upon anchoring at the outer anchorage, Kandla tower informed the master that security level II was being maintained in the outer anchorage area. Keeping this in mind strict anti piracy watch keeping procedures were maintained. The alert watch keepers spotted a robber onboard the vessel.  Bridge informed, raised alarm, and crew mustered. The robber jumped overboard and was picked up by a red motor boat in which there were around six to seven more robbers. Nothing stolen.
04.03.2008:0610 LT: 03:17.2N – 124:18.4E: Indonesia.
A bulk carrier underway was approached from a distance of 3 – 4 nautical miles by about 15 – 20 speed boats at speeds of 30 – 40 knots from all directions. Some came as close as 5 meters from the vessels’ stern.  Vessel raised alarm, increased speed, crew mustered, manoeuvred in a zigzag course and enforced anti piracy measures. Master broadcast a security message on VHF Ch 16 and contacted the piracy-reporting centre. Seeing the crew vigilance, the speedboats moved away and regrouped near a fishing trawler in the vicinity.  Vessel continued to her port of destination.
04.04.2008: 0100 LT: Chittagong Ruby cement jetty: Bangladesh.
Three robbers armed with long knives boarded a berthed general cargo ship. They assaulted and grievously injured the shore-based security guard, by cutting his face.  Alarm raised and crew mustered. Robbers jumped overboard and escaped with ship’s stores. Injured security guard later received medical treatment ashore.

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 : Sixty two incidents have been reported since January 2006. Pirates are targeting ships preparing to anchor. Most attacks reported at Chittagong anchorages and approaches. Although the number of attacks has fallen recently, the area is still listed as very high risk.
  • Indonesia : Balongan, Balikpapan, Belawan. Generally be vigilant in other areas. Many attacks may have gone unreported.
  • Malacca straits : Although 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.
  • Philippines : Manila – Pirates target ships at anchor.
  • Singapore Straits : Pirates seen attacking ships while at anchor but in the past several ships were attacked while underway.

Africa and Red Sea

  • Lagos (Nigeria) : Pirates are violent and have attacked and robbed vessels/kidnapped crews along the coast and river, at anchorages and ports. A total of 42 incidents have been reported in Nigeria since 08.01.2007. Twenty five attacks alone for Lagos and seven for Bonny River. Generally be vigilant in other areas in Nigeria.
  • Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) : Twenty incidents have been reported since 05.06.2006. Pirates are targeting ships in port and anchorages.
  • Mombasa (Kenya):
  • Gulf of Aden / Red Sea : Numerous pirate attacks have been reported by ships and yachts in the Gulf of Aden/Red sea. In the past, some of the vessels were fired upon.
  • Somalian waters : The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has received 31 actual and attempted attacks in 2007. 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.

Weekly Piracy Report

December 19, 2007

Recently reported incident from the IMB:

16.12.2007: 2115 UTC: 08:48.5N-013:57.0W: Sierra Leone.
Eight pirates armed with ak47 guns in military like fatigues boarded a chemical tanker underway.  They stole crew personal belongings, ship’s properties and escaped.  No injuries to crew.
09.12.2007: 1800 LT: 16 NM Off Coroni shore, Suriname.
Five masked pirates armed with guns approached the fishing vessel underway. They fired several shots and ordered the crew to lie on the icebox. They then locked the crew in the fish pen.  The pirates took hostage 2 crewmembers at gunpoint and ordered them to discharge the fish into their boat. Before leaving, the pirates stole a drum of gasoline, one propeller, vessel’s property and two cell phones. They destroyed the fishing vessel’s engine coil and escaped. The fishing vessel was drifting until the next day afternoon, when another fishing boat towed them to Mahaica bridge area. Incident reported to Mahaica police station.
11.11.2007: 0500 LT: Corentyne river, Guyana.
The captain and crew of 22 fishing vessels of the number 66 fish complex were left stranded after armed pirates robbed them of their gasoline, engine coils and a quantity of fish glue. Three of the boats returned to the fish complex while many other fishermen were forced to swim to the Coroni shore in Suriname. Rescue teams have gone out to search for the other boats.
04.11.2007: Early hours: Bonny river, Niger delta, Nigeria.
Eight pirates, in a speedboat, armed with guns boarded a vessel underway. They shot one crewmember dead and wounded the others. Pirates ransacked the vessel and stole vessel’s property and escaped.
17.12.2007: 0430 LT: 14:35.2N-120:52.5E: Manila north anchorage, Philippines.
Eight armed pirates boarded a contained ship, at anchor, awaiting berthing instructions.  They were spotted by the anti piracy watch and reported to the D/O.  Alarm raised and crew alerted.  The pirates jumped overboard and escaped in a waiting boat.  Nothing was stolen.
30.09.2007: 1900 LT: 14:36.65N – 120:53.25E, Manila international container terminal, Manila, Philippines.
During heavy rain and poor visibility, robbers boarded a container ship unnoticed via the anchor chain. They broke into the CO2 room and stole eight pieces of extension cable for the refrigerator containers and a liferaft. Upon discovery of the robbery, master reported to the port state control centre and the Philippines coast guard. Coast guard conducted investigation and advised to take precautionary measures.
11.09.2007:0030 LT: off Tioman island waters, Malaysia.
Six pirates, in a small high-speed boat, armed with knives boarded a tanker underway. They assaulted all six crewmembers. The captain, received head injures and the crewmembers were robbed off their documents and clothing’s.
08.09.2007: 2100 LT: 01:26.8N – 104:21.4E, 3.5 NM off TG. Punggai, Kota Ttinggi, Malaysia.
Seven pirates, in a wooden boat, armed with guns and knives approached a tanker underway. They boarded the tanker and tied up the master and seven crewmembers with nylon ropes.  One crew jumped overboard.  Pirates stole cash and personal belongings of master and crew.  They left the ship and headed into Indonesian waters.  No injuries to crewmembers. The crew who jumped overboard is missing.
19.08.2007: 0100 LT: 06:03.1S – 115:32.84E, approximately 120NM North of Bali, Indonesia.
The master onboard tug SM V discovered that the workboat, Anchor 2, was missing. It was subsequently located at 2150 LT on 20.10.2007. On investigation, it was found that the towing rope was missing. The right side glass window, the doors leading to the steering console and the navigational control were broken. The CSO suspected that some pirates had boarded the unmanned anchor 2 and cut off the towing rope and set the workboat adrift. Incident reported to coastal state and flag state.

Weekly Piracy Report

November 14, 2007

The Following data is from the IMB’s Weekly Piracy Report

Weekly Piracy Report
6-12 November 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 6 to 12 November 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

11.11.2007: 0305 LT: Phu My berth ‘A’, Vietnam.

Robbers armed with knives boarded a general cargo ship at berth. Vessel informed port security who came onboard for assistance. While proceeding towards the forecastle, two robbers were seen jumping overboard. Inspection showed ship’s stores were stolen.

09.11.2007: 0800 LT: 28:41N-049:46E, Persian Gulf

A suspicious craft approached a tanker, underway, from the stern. Master sounded general alarm, increased speed, crew mustered and fire hoses standby. The speed boat closed to 0.1nm, and when it noticed crew alertness, aborted approach and moved away.

08.11.2007: 0400 LT: 13:48N – 053:45E, 65 NM North of Socotra Island, Somalia.

C/O onboard a car carrier, underway, noticed an unlit boat at 3NM off the port bow with a speed of 19 kts. The boat reduced speed to match the speed of the vessel. When the craft was about 1nm off master raised alarm, crew mustered and switched on deck lights. At 0430 LT another unlit boat was observed 2NM of port bow of the ship. Both boats altered course towards Socotra at 0445 LT and moved away.

06.11.2007: 2130 LT: 03:55.2N – 099:46.2E, Malacca Straits.

An unidentified small watercraft approached a chemical tanker underway. OOW raised alarm, sounded ship’s whistle, crew mustered and directed searchlight at the craft. The craft came within 150 metres and aborted the attempt

06.11.2007: 1800 UTC: 22:06N-062:31E: Arabian Sea.

A bulk carrier underway detected an unlit suspicious craft, on radar, approaching directly towards own vessel at a speed of 19 knots. Master took all preventive measures to prevent boarding. Suspicious craft reached 0.1 NM from vessel, on seeing crew alertness, the suspicious craft reduced speed and altered course towards another nearby vessel. All vessels were warned on VHF radio about suspicious craft approach.

05.11.2007: 2150 LT: 12:33N – 113:42E: South China Sea.

One suspicious boat followed a general cargo ship at a range of 100m for about an hour. Crew mustered and fire hoses with pressurised water jet standby and action taken to prevent any boarding. Later, master informed the Piracy Reporting Centre that the distance between the boat and the ship was increasing. Vessel continued passage to destination port.

05.11.2007: 0000 – 0400 LT: 19:49.24S-034:50.0E, Beira port, Mozambique.

Robbers boarded a container ship at berth and stole ship’s stores amid tight anti piracy watches. The ship had shore security personal deployed by the port security. In addition, there were armed security guards on the shore side.


Weekly Piracy Report

November 7, 2007

The following is from the International Maritime Bureau piracy reports, for more information click here.

Recently reported incidents

31.10.2007: 0330 LT: 06:15N – 003:15E, Lagos, Nigeria.
Three pirates armed with knives boarded a tanker drifting. They took hostage the duty A/B and O/S and tied them up. They threatened the O/S with knives on his throat and asked him to open the accommodation doors but the O/S did not have the key. Two of the pirates then went to the bridge and assaulted the 2/O. The next watch keeper woke up and saw the movements on poop deck and raised the alarm. All crew mustered. Pirates escaped with ship’s stores, property, crew personal belongings and cash. First aid administered to the O/S who received knife injuries. Port control informed.
30.10.2007: 2120 LT: 03:59.6N-006:50.3E, 15 NM off fairway buoy, Bonny Town, Nigeria.
Ten robbers armed with guns boarded a reefer vessel.  Alarm raised and crew mustered.  Robbers escaped.  Attempt to contact bonny signal station were futile
27.10.2007: 0142 LT: Santos outer roads anchorage, Brazil.
Robbers armed with guns boarded a container ship and fired their guns at the approaching crew members.  For safety crew members locked themselves in a safer place.  Robbers opened 8 reefer containers and stole cargo contents and escaped.  No one was injured
19.10.2007: Offshore Lagos: Nigeria.
Robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker at anchor.  They took as hostage one AB. They tied him up and warned him not to make any attempt to escape. They stole some ship’s store.  Robbers then took the AB into the accommodation and searched for money. They then returned to stern, lowered ship’s store into the waiting boat and escaped.
04.11.2007: 0130 LT: 21:40N – 088:01E, Hoogli river, Sagar roads anchorage, India.
Six robbers armed with knives boarded a chemical tanker at anchor, via the poop deck. Crew raised alarm and activated anti-piracy measures. Robbers jumped overboard and escaped, with ship’s stores, in their waiting boat. No injuries to crew. Reported to harbour pilots but no action taken.
01.11.2007: 1320 LT: 01:52.5N – 102:09.5E, Malacca straits.
A small-unlit high-speed craft came close to a general cargo ship underway. Master switched on all deck lights, assembled all crew, and closed all entrances to the accommodation. Fire hoses standby and search lights directed towards the boat. Ships speed increased and evasive manoeuvres carried out. VTIS Port Klang notified. After about one and a half hours of trailing, the speedboat aborted the attempt.  MRCC Kuala Lumpur was informed.
31.10.2007: 0410 LT: 06:44.84S – 039:35.02E, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Ten pirates in a 10m long wooden boat boarded a container ship drifting. They broke into three containers, stole ship’s stores, property and escaped as soon as the crew was alerted. Port control informed.
29.10.2007: 2130 LT 02:11.57N – 045:47.95E, Mogadishu inner anchorage, Somalia.
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre received a distress call that a general cargo ship was boarded and hijacked by seven armed pirates while at anchor after discharging cargo at Mogadishu. Pirates took control of the bridge, engine room and steering room.  There was a fight between the crewmembers and pirates.  Crew regained control the engine room and later managed to regain control of the bridge. Six crewmembers were injured.  An US warship rendered assistance in rescuing the crew and ship.  The injured crewmembers were given medical aid. Six pirates were captured and one killed.

28.10.2007: 2015 LT 21:40N-091:40E, Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh.
Duty AB on a tanker noticed three robbers armed with knives on poop deck.  He informed D/O on bridge who raised alarm and flashed the Aldis lamp towards the robbers. Robbers jumped overboard and escaped. Some ship’s stores found stolen.  Coast guard informed.

26.09.2007: 0236 LT: 14:36.4N – 120:52.05E, Vic north harbour anchorage, Manila, Philippines.
Robbers boarded the ship at anchor from stbd side using grappling hook. They broke forecastle store lock and stole ship’s property and a life raft. Master reported to coast guard and they conducted an investigation and advised the master to take precautionary measures.

Weekly Piracy Report

October 25, 2007

The most recent reports are below. For further information click here.

Suspicious crafts

Recently reported incidents

19.10.2007: 0230 LT Safi port, Morocco.
30 robbers armed with knives boarded a chemical tanker at berth. Alarm raised. The crew confronted the robbers at the gangway. The robbers threatened the crew with knives but later got off without injuring the crew. At the time of the incident, the terminal watchman had left his post.  Port authority informed but no action taken.
18.10.2007:  0200 LT: 04:29.2N-007:10.7E: Bonny Inland anchorage, Nigeria.
During heavy rain, robbers armed with long knives boarded a general cargo ship at anchor. They tied-up the duty AB and took the OS as hostage to open the  forecastle and paint stores.  Another duty AB spotted the robbers and informed D/O on bridge.  Alarm raised and crew mustered the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with ship’s stores.  Attempts made to contact bonny signal station were futile.
10.10.2007: 2200 LT: 18:33.4N-072:23.1W: Port Au Prince, Haiti.
While at anchorage, robbers boarded a refrigerated cargo ship and stole ship’s stores.  Local authorities informed
21.10.2007: 0050 LT:  00:26.0N-044:38.0E: 60 NM offshore Brava, Somalia.
A UN WFP chartered general cargo ship was fired upon and chased by pirates while enroute to Mombassa after discharging cargo at Mogadishu. The vessel increased speed, switched off her lights and headed towards the open sea. The pirates continued chasing the vessel.  The vessel managed to escape as the distance between the vessel and the pirate’s boats slowly increased.  The vessel continued her passage to the port of arrival. The UN WFP informed NATO shipping and MARLO who in turn advised TF150.
17.10.2007: 1830 LT: 10-20 NM off Mogadishu port, Somalia.
A general cargo ship was proceeding to Mombassa, Kenya after discharging UN WFP chartered cargo at Mogadishu when pirates in a boat chased her, opened fire with automatic weapons, boarded her and hijacked her.  They sailed the vessel into coastal waters and anchored closer to shore. To date, owners have lost all contact with the vessel. Fate of the crewmembers and ship is not known.
19.10.2007: 0600 LT: 04:07.4N – 099:52.0E, NW of Pulau Perak, northern Malacca Straits.
D/O on a container ship underway saw the beams of flashlights on deck. As no crew were on deck at that time the D/O suspected piracy and raised the alarm, the deck lights were switched on. As the crew mustered, they saw a small boat on the port quarter moving away from the ship.
18.10.2007: 1000 UTC: 03:45N – 051:30E, off Somalia.
2/O on a bulk carrier underway sighted two small crafts on the port side disguising as fishing boat. At 3 NM the crafts increased speed and proceed towards the ship. One craft approached from the bow and the other from astern. 2/O alerted the master and the crew working on deck. One boat, with four pirates, near the bow fired warning shots, in the air, signalling the ship to stop. The other boat came near the port quarter of the ship and started firing at the accommodation. The first craft also started firing at the accommodation and bridge. One bullet hit the bridge window. Master raised alarm, sounded ship’s whistle, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and mustered the crew. After 15 minutes, the pirates aborted the attempt and moved away. No injuries to crew.
18.10.2007: 0200 LT: 22:49.0N-070:04.5E: Kandla outer Tuna buoy, India.
Robbers boarded a product tanker, unnoticed and stole ship’s properties from the crew smoking room.  Incident reported to control to notify all ships in the area.
18.10.2007: 0805 LT: 54:34.0N-050:37.9E: 155 NM off Mogadishu, Somalia.
A white coloured speedboat approached the ship underway at stern. Alarm raised, crew mustered and evasive manoeuvres taken. Two Somali gunmen onboard the ship fired warning shots at the boat and the pirates returned fire. The speedboat pursued the ship for about 15 mins and later altered course and disappeared.
17.10.2007: 1830 LT: 10-20 NM off Mogadishu port, Somalia.
A general cargo ship was proceeding to Mombassa, Kenya after discharging UN WFP chartered cargo at Mogadishu when pirates in a boat chased her, opened fire with automatic weapons, boarded her and hijacked her.  They sailed the vessel into coastal waters and anchored closer to shore. To date, owners have lost all contact with the vessel. Fate of the crewmembers and ship is not known.
17.10.2007: 0230 LT: Manila anchorage, Philippines.
Robbers boarded a container ship at anchor. They stole the forward liferaft and escaped.
16.10.2007: 0145 LT: 30:06N-048:24.4E: Shatt Al Arab river: Iran.
Five pirates in a speedboat, armed with AK-47 automatic rifles, boarded a container ship underway.  They took the master, C/E, 2/O and pilot as hostage.  The C/O discovered the incident and raised the alarm. The pirates fired at the C/O. Luckily the C/O escaped.  The pirates robbed the crew of cash and property before escaping in their speedboat. Port control and coast guard informed.
14.10.2007: 2335 LT: 00:36.7N-050:20.01E: 312 NM off Mogadishu, Somalia.
2nd officer onboard a reefer ship spotted a suspicious boat on radar at a distance of 8 NM.  A few minutes later, the boat picked up speed and headed towards the vessel.  The vessel took evasive actions to prevent contact with the boat.  Due to ship’s higher speed and evasive manoeuvres, the suspicious boat could not get closer and aborted the chase.

Weekly Piracy Report – 1 October 2007

October 2, 2007

The following incidents have been reported by the International Maritime Bureau

Recently reported incidents

13.07.2007: 0320 LT: Santos anchorage, Brazil.
One boat with more than three persons onboard was sighted near an anchored container ship. Four robbers armed with guns and knives and wearing black masks boarded the ship and threatened the forward security watchman. During the incident, crewmembers were ordered inside accommodation while waiting for the arrival of the police.  The federal police boat arrived and circled the ship.  Due to the sea state, the police could not board the ship.  They were subsequently able to come on board and investigate the incident after the robbers escaped.  Ship’s property was stolen.
21.07.2007: 0245 LT: Santos anchorage, Brazil.
Two, crew on deck patrol onboard a container ship, at anchor, reported to the bridge, via radio, that they had sighted two robbers wearing ski masks and armed with automatic pistols.  The deck patrol radios were stolen but the crew were unharmed. Security message was broadcast and security procedures were followed. Both robbers fled in a small aluminium boat with an outboard engine, which had been seen earlier on the starboard side.  At least three other robbers were believed to be in the boat.  All crew mustered and then half of the crew, led by the SSO and the chief officer went forward to search for the deck patrol.  Six broken container seals were found on deck, one container had been unlatched and two containers appeared to have been opened. Incident reported to the Santos pilot station, CSO, superintendent, local agents and charterer.
11.07.2007: 1650 LT: Liverpool, United Kingdom.
The Second Officer onboard a bulk carrier saw two men coming up the gangway, dressed as stevedores.  When the duty officer asked to see their id, they replied that they did not have the ID but would go back and return with it.  Due to prior police warning about thieves operating in the area and being suspicious, the local police were informed.  The police caught one of the thieves who turned out to be on the wanted list of the police.
09.6.2006: 0400 LT: Lagos, Nigeria.
While berthed, robbers armed with guns and knives boarded a chemical tanker. The ship repeatedly tried to call Lagos pilot but did not receive any response.
One crewmember was injured and ship’s stores stolen.
12.03.2007: 0200 LT: 08:44.60N – 013:51.20W: 40 nm off Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Pirates armed with machine guns and knives boarded a tanker underway. They stole cash and valuables and escaped in their speedboat.  The master and officer on the bridge were unable to activate the SSAS as they were under close observation of the pirates.  No crewmembers were injured.  Incident reported to the coastal state authorities.
09.02.2007: 0230 LT: 06:15.00N – 003:15.00E, Lagos roads, Nigeria.
The bridge security guard on a tanker observed three robbers boarding on port side aft during bunkering operations.  They informed the officer on watch via a handheld radio and general alarm was raised.  Upon seeing the crew approach, two of the robbers jumped overboard and the third one hit the master on the face with a knife before jumping.
24.09.2007: 0145 LT: 06:36S – 039:35E, Dar es Salam, Tanzania.
While adrift, awaiting berth, a crewmember onboard a container ship noticed three robbers on the port side deck.  The alarm was sounded and the robbers disembarked into a small boat alongside the ship.  The bridge directed a search light towards the small boat and observed a 25 ft wooden boat with a blue strip, center console, and outboard engine slowly moving away. The boat had around 15 – 20 robbers onboard and a ladder.  The robbers were dressed only in shorts.  A search of the vessel found no other robbers onboard.  However, a container seal was broken and some of the cargo removed and left on deck.  In addition, a forward storeroom lock was found damaged.  The port authorities notified.
17.05.2007: 0036 LT: Mombassa port inner anchorage, Kenya.
The deck watchman noticed two containers open with broken seals on the forecastle, which he had not noticed during his first round. Both containers were re-sealed and additional watchmen were posted.  Security level increased to level 2.  Incident reported to port state control.
24.04.2007: 1930 LT: 03:56:60N – 098:45.70E, Belawan roads, Indonesia.
Duty watch onboard a container ship detected three robbers on the forecastle deck and warned the OOW.  The master raised the general alarm and the Second Officer started the fire pump.  The master tried to contact the local port control and pilot station VHF Ch. 16/12 but without success. Sound signal by whistle given.  Search by crew team indicated that the robbers had escaped.