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Armed robbery a threat for seafarers worldwide

26 May 2017

Incidents involving armed robbery continue to be a problem for seafarers in many ports around the world, along with the threat of piracy and other incidents at sea. Recent incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following. 

  • Two robbers armed with a machete boarded a tanker anchored at Dumai, Indonesia on 24 May. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s property.
  • Six robbers boarded a cargo ship anchored off Isla Boraccha, Pozuelos Bay, Venezuela on 24 May and broke into a store. The alarm was raised and the robbers escaped with stolen ship's property. 
  • Three masked men hijacked a fishing boat around 12 nautical miles off Pulau Perak, Malaysia on 24 May.
  • Six masked robbers armed with long knives boarded a chemical tanker berthed at Lubuk Gaung, Dumai, Indonesia on 20 May. The alarm was raised and the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s property.
  • Two speedboats chased an offshore tug around 56 nautical miles off Cacnipa Island, Philippines on 19 May. The master increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and activated fire hoses; the vessel escaped unharmed.
  • Robbers boarded a chemical tanker anchored around four nautical miles off Lecheria, Venezuela on 18 May, stole ship’s equipment and stores, and escaped.
  • A small speedboat approached an offshore supply ship around 26 nautical miles off Kepulauan Talaud, North Sulawesi, Indonesia on 16 May. The alarm was raised, the crew mustered and fire hoses were charged. The boat 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),


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