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Piracy and armed robbery threats to seafarers

5 January 2018

Piracy and armed robbery continue to pose risks to seafarers in many parts of the world. The latest incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) 24-hour Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following. 

  • Four robbers boarded a bulk carrier in the Singapore Straits on 28 December, entered the engine room and threatened the duty engineer with a knife. The engineer managed to escape and raised the alarm. The robbers escaped empty-handed.
  • Seven pirates armed with guns approached a containership around 39 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria on 24 December. One of the pirates boarded and opened fire towards the bridge. The master contacted the Nigerian Navy and proceeded at full speed towards a security boat. The pirates abandoned the attack.
  • Three robbers attempted to board a tanker anchored at Lagos, Nigeria on 24 December. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. The robbers escaped empty-handed.
  • Around 10 to 12 robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Hon Net, Cam Pha, Vietnam on 16 December and began stealing paint drums. The alarm was raised and the robbers escaped with the stolen property.
  • Four robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker anchored around 15 nautical miles off Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia on 7 December. They threatened the duty engineer with knives and tied him up. The alarm was raised. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s engine spares.
  • Several men armed with knives boarded a tug towing a barge around 59 nautical miles off Pulau Airabu, Indonesia on 22 November. They tied up the four tug crew, detached the barge, took six barge crew hostage and escaped. The authorities located the barge and crew the next day.


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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