Maritime News

Danger zones for robbery and piracy

11 May 2018

Reports of piracy and robbery to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) 24-hour worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) confirm that the waters off West Africa continue to be a particularly dangerous zone for maritime traffic. However, other waters and ports are also susceptible to intruders and would-be robbers, often carrying arms. The latest incidents reported to the IMB PRC include the following.

  • Six pirates attempted to board a bulk carrier around 41 nautical miles off Brass, Nigeria on 8 May. The master raised the alarm, activated security measures and took evasive manoeuvres, while the non-essential crew took refuge in the citadel. Following these measures, the pirates abandoned their attack.
  • Seven robbers attempted to board a bulk carrier anchored at Chittagong, Bangladesh on 6 May. The alarm was raised and the robbers abandoned their boarding attempt.
  • Robbers were spotted attempting to board a bulk carrier anchored at Muara Berau, Samarinda, Indonesia on 6 May. The alarm was raised and the ship’s whistle sounded. The robbers escaped empty-handed.
  • Three robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Callao, Peru on 5 May. The alarm was raised, the crew mustered and the ship’s whistle was sounded. The robbers escaped with ship’s stores.
  • A robber was spotted on board a bulk carrier anchored at Takoradi, Ghana on 29 April. The alarm was raised and the robber escaped empty-handed.
  • Three robbers attempted to board a tanker anchored at Panjang, Indonesia on 28 April. The alarm was raised and the robbers escaped.
  • Four robbers armed with knives threated a duty seafarer on board a cargo vessel anchored at Muara Berau, Samarinda, Indonesia on 28 April. The seafarer escaped and raised the alarm. The robbers left empty-handed.
  • Masked men in two speedboats approached an ore carrier in the Sibutu passage around six nautical miles off Bongao Island, Philippines on 24 April. Two Philippine Naval patrol vessels contacted the ore carrier via radio and it hardened its approach, leading the speedboats to move away.

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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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