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West Africa and South Asia still robbery hotspots

22 December 2016

The waters off West Africa and the South China Sea continue to be hotspots for attacks by robbers, in many cases armed. Recent incidents of piracy and robbery reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following.

  • Eight robbers attempted to board a tanker anchored at Qua Iboe, Nigeria on 15 December. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered, and the master requested immediate assistance from the local naval security patrol boat. The robbers abandoned their attempt when they saw the patrol boat.
  • Three robbers attempted to board a tanker anchored at Lagos, Nigeria on 12 December. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. The onboard armed security team fired warning shots, which led the robbers to abandon the attempted attack
  • Three robbers boarded a bulk anchored at Muara Berau, Samarinda, Indonesia on 8 December. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores.
  • Four robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker anchored at Cilacap, Indonesia on 30 November. They took the duty crew member and duty oiler hostage and threatened them with a knife. The robbers stole engine spares and escaped.
  • A shipowner notified the PRC about loss of contact with a ship anchored at Cotonou, Benin on 27 November, and the PRC alerted the authorities. Two Nigerian Navy ships approached the ship, which had been hijacked. Fifteen pirates were reported to have escaped with three kidnapped crew. The remaining crew sailed the ship to a safe port.

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All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours), email: imbkl@icc-ccs.org




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