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Piracy threat continues

3 November 2017

Piracy continues to be a threat to shipping in high-risk areas, such as the waters off West Africa, while armed robbery and other incident still plague vessels in many ports and countries. The latest incidents reported to the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) 24-hour Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following. 

  • Two speedboats, with guns and ladders, were spotted approaching a tanker at high speed around 21nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria on 1November. The alarm was raised and a Nigerian naval ship notified. The crew secured all access to the vessel and retreated into the citadel, while the bridge commenced evasive manoeuvres. The pirates abandoned the attempted boarding and moved away.
  • Five robbers with knives boarded a tanker around four nautical miles off Kampung Sungai Buntu, Malaysia on 29 October. They entered the engine room, threatened the duty oiler with a knife and tied him up. The alarm was raised and crew mustered. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s property.
  • Five skiffs approached a tanker around 35 nautical miles off Sao Tome & Principe Coast on 27 October. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered, and the master increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvres. The skiffs abandoned the attack and moved away.
  • Five robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker anchored around 13 nautical miles off Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia on 27 October. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. The robbers escaped empty-handed.
  • Armed pirates boarded a tanker around 51 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria on 25 October. The crew retreated into the citadel and contacted the owners. The IMB PRC received the message and immediately liaised with the Nigerian Navy, which despatched a warship to the vessel. The crew left the citadel and a search found no pirates on board. The warship escorted the vessel until it was out of the high-risk area.
  • Four robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker anchored at Cilacap, Indonesia on 25 October. The alarm was raised and all crew mustered. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s property.
  • Pirates boarded a containership around 34 nautical miles off Bonny, Nigeria on 21 October, kidnapped six crew members and 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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