Weekly Piracy Report

February 21, 2008

Weekly Piracy Report from the Internal Maritime Bureau
12-18 February 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 12 to 18 February 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

06.02.2008: 0052 LT: Anchorage no. 1, Callao, Peru.Robbers boarded a container ship at anchor from a small boat. Duty crew spotted them. Alarm raised, crew mustered. Robbers escaped. Authorities informed. Coast guard patrol boat arrived after more than one hour, patrolled the waters around the vessel for about ten minutes, and moved away.
17.02.2008: 0540 LT: 05:48N – 118:05E, Berth no.2, Sandakan port, Malaysia.Duty crew on board a general cargo ship reported that a boat approached from the port bow. One robber was noticed on the forecastle deck passing ship stores to the other robbers in the boat. On seeing the alert crew, the robber jumped overboard and escaped with the ship stores. The forward booby hatch lock was found broken. The IMB PRC was notified who then liaised with local police for further action. Police arrived and conducted an investigation.
14.02.2008: 0341 LT: 06:43.5S – 039:43.8E, 20 nm off Tanzania coast.Three pirates boarded the ship from a small wooden boat equipped with an out board engine. The ship was drifting, awaiting berthing instructions. Alert duty crew noticed the pirates and the alarm was raised, ship’s whistle sounded, crew mustered and master increased speed. Pirates fled immediately. Upon inspection, two containers were found opened.
11.02.2008: 0540 UTC: 13.38.5N – 050:22.0E, Gulf of Aden.Two suspicious vessels one with blue hull and the other with red hull and both with white superstructure increased speed and altered course towards a bulk carrier. Master increased speed and altered course to increase CAP. Later both suspicious vessels stopped following.
09.02.2008: 0030 LT: Kandla anchorage, India.Duty watchman on an oil tanker at anchor noticed robbers on the forecastle. On seeing the alert ships crew, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. The padlock of the forecastle store was broken but nothing was missing

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

    February 14, 2008

    Recently reported incidents from the International Maritime Bureau

    30.01.2008: 2130 UTC: 06:17.62N – 003:24369E, Lagos anchorage, Nigeria.

    Four robbers armed with handguns and knives boarded a product tanker at anchor. Alert crew raised alarm and crew mustered. Robbers stole ship’s store and escaped in their waiting boat.

    04.02.2008: 0330 LT: Dar es Salaam anchorage area 4, Tanzania.

    Twelve robbers in a speedboat approached a general cargo ship at anchor. Two robbers boarded the ship. Alert crew raised alarm, SSAS activated and port control informed. Ship’s crew mustered and took necessary anti-piracy measures. The robbers jumped into the water and escaped in their waiting boat. Police patrol boat came for investigation

    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 – 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.