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Hijacks and robbery continue to threaten seafarers

29 September 2017

Seafarers continue to be exposed to the threat of criminal behaviour, including armed robbery and even hijacking, in many parts of the world. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) collects reports of such events; recent reported incidents include the following. 


  • The alarm was raised on board a bulk carrier anchored at Puerto Jose, Venezuela on 22 September when there was no response from the seafarer on duty. The crew mustered and found the seafarer tied up. Robbers were seen escaping; they had taken a large quantity of ship’s stores.
  • A robber boarded a tanker anchored at Lagos, Nigeria on 20 September. The alarm was raised and the robber escaped empty-handed.
  • Robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Campha, Vietnam on 19 September. The duty crew raised the alarm. Ship’s stores were reported stolen.
  • Around seven robbers armed with a gun, knives and iron bars boarded a container ship anchored at Conakry, Guinea on 15 September. They assaulted three crew members, stole ship’s property and escaped.
  • Seven robbers armed with knives and crowbars boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Conakry, Guinea on 8 September. They stole property belonging to the master and the ship, and escaped.
  • Four people armed with a gun and knives boarded a tanker around 35 nautical miles off Pulau Aur, Malaysia on 7 September. They stole crew and ship’s property and escaped.
  • About 10 people boarded and hijacked a tanker round three nautical miles off Pulau Yu, Malaysia on 6 September. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency was notified and dispatched a patrol vessel and an aircraft, which spotted the hijacked tanker. A MMEA team boarded the tanker, detained the 10 pirates and escorted the tanker to a safe port.
  • Robbers boarded a tanker anchored at Kakinada, India on 29 August, stole ship’s stores and escaped.


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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