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Crew rescued from threatened pirate attack

19 May 2017

The Indian Navy rescued 19 Filipino crew members of a bulk carrier after it was threatened with attack by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on 16 May.

Pirates attempted to attack the Liberia-flagged, Greek-managed Lord Mountbatten while it was about 230 nautical miles off Salalah, in the Gulf of Aden. The incident involved two mother ships and up to eight skiffs. Following an earlier attempted attack, the crew had locked themselves into the safe citadel and sent a distress call that was picked up by an Indian Navy anti-piracy patrol. When the warship arrived on the scene, three of the skiffs fled with the men involved. An armed helicopter investigated the remaining boats and found an automatic rifle and ammunition, which were confiscated.

The vessel continued on its journey to Port Said.

The incident highlights the recent upturn in Somali piracy, following a long period of inactivity, and reinforces warnings to ships and crew to continue to be vigilant when transiting these waters, which have once again become a danger.

Other recent incidents of piracy and robbery reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following. 

  • Armed pirates boarded a cargo ship around 21nautical miles off the Nigerian coast on 17 May, kidnapped six crew members and escaped. The Nigerian Navy is investigating.
  • A speedboat approached an offshore supply ship around 26 nautical miles off Kepulauan Talaud, North Sulawesi, Indonesia on 16 May. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered and started the fire pump, and the boat moved away.
  • A robber armed with a knife boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Muara Berau, Samarinda, Indonesia on 11 May. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered, and the robber escaped empty-handed.
  • Three skiffs carrying ladders were spotted approaching a bulk carrier around 12 nautical miles off Bandar E Jask, Iran on 7 May. The alarm was raised, the vessel increased speed and took evasive manoeuvres, and the Iranian Navy was informed. The skiffs and a suspected mother ship contused to follow the carrier, but moved away after the bulk carrier altered course.
  • A suspicious boat was spotted approaching a container ship anchored at Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 6 May. The ship sounded its whistle and started the fire pump, and the boat moved away.
  • Six robbers armed with knives boarded a container ship anchored at Callao, Peru on 4 May. They took two crew member hostage and tied them up, and then broke into a store and escaped with stolen stores.
  • Five robbers were spotted in the engine room of a tanker around eight nautical miles off Pulau Kukup, Johor, Malaysia on 3 May. The alarm was raised and the robbers escaped. 

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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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