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Seafarers still face danger in piracy-prone waters

10 March 2017

Seafarers continue to face dangers in several “hot-spots” where pirates and robbers are active in targeting vessels for criminal attack. Recent incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following.

  • Seven men armed with guns fired on a bulk carrier around 106 nautical miles off Bayelsa, Nigeria on 8 March. The vessel increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvres, and all non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. The pirates abandoned their attack after 40 minutes and moved away.
  • A skiff with around six people approached and followed a cargo ship for about 90 minutes around four nautical miles off Lihiman Island, Philippines on 5 March. The master raised the alarm, increased speed and activated the fire hoses. A Malaysian patrol vessel escorted the vessel to Sandakan port.
  • Three robbers boarded a tanker anchored at Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela on 1 March. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered, and the robbers escaped empty-handed.
  • Two robbers boarded an offshore support vessel about six nautical miles off Mumbai, India on 17 February, stole ship's equipment and escaped.
  • Robbers boarded a supply vessel anchored at Pointe Noire, Congo on 9 February. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s property.
  • A speedboat chased a tanker in the Singapore Straits on 5 January. The master raised the alarm, commenced evasive manoeuvres, increased speed and directed the spotlight on the speedboat, which abandoned its approach and moved away.

All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours), email:

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