Maritime News

Robbery and piracy affect seafarers

27 April 2018

Robbers and intruders on ships, sometimes armed, as well as pirates continue to pose a threat to seafarers in many parts of the world. Recent incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) 24-hour worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following. 

  • Armed pirates boarded a cargo ship around 38 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria on 21 April, kidnapped 11 crew members and escaped. The Nigerian Navy sent a patrol boat, boarded the ship, and found three crew members on board. The patrol boat escorted the ship to a safe location.
  • Two robbers attempted to board a utility vessel berthed at Douala, Cameroon on 21 April. The security guard on board fired a warning shot. The robbers abandoned the attempted boarding and escaped.
  • Unauthorised men were spotted in the engine room of a bulk carrier around five nautical miles off Nongsa, Pulau Batam, Indonesia on 21 April. The alarm was raised and the robbers escaped empty-handed.
  • Robbers attempted to board a bulk carrier anchored at Muara Berau, Samarinda, Indonesia on 21 April. The duty crew directed lights towards the robbers and raised the alarm. The robbers abandoned their attempt and escaped.
  • Robbers attempted to board a bulk carrier anchored at Muara Berau, Samarinda, Indonesia on 20 April. The crew raised the alarm, and the robbers abandoned their attempt and escaped.
  • Robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Muara Berau, Samarinda, Indonesia on 18 April, stole ship’s stores 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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