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Piracy and armed robbery continue to be threats

23 June 2017

Piracy and armed robbery continue to be threats to seafarers in some particularly dangerous hot spots. Recent incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) indicate that armed robbery is a growing risk in South East Asian waters, while the dangers of piracy off West Africa continue. 

  • Two robbers boarded a tanker around eight nautical miles off Tanjung Berakit, Bintan Island, Indonesia on 7 June, threatened the duty crew member with a knife, took his walkie talkie, held him hostage and entered the engine room. The alarm was raised and the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s property.
  • Two robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Belawan, Indonesia on 2 June, threatened the duty watchman, tied him up and held him hostage before breaking into stores. The alarm was raised and the robbers escaped with stolen stores and watchman’s personal belongings.
  • Six men armed with guns boarded a tanker around 24 nautical miles off Pulau Jemaja, Indonesia on 28 May, tied up the crew and threatened them with their weapons, stole ship’s cash and the master’s personal belongings, and escaped.
  • Two boats with four to five pirates armed with rifles chased and fired on a tanker around 50 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria on 29 April. The tanker raised the alarm and took anti-piracy measures, and the pirates abandoned their attempted boarding. The tanker sustained some firing damage.
  • Two motor boats with three to five pirates armed with automatic rifles chased and fired on a refrigerated cargo ship around 38 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria on 29 April. The master raised the alarm, activated security measures, called the Nigerian navy, increased speed and made evasive manoeuvres. The pirates attempted to board and three rocket flares were fired, and the pirates moved away. The ship sustained some firing damages.

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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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