Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 2015

The Piracy & Armed Robbery Report section below follows the definition of Piracy as laid down in Article 101 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Armed Robbery as laid down in Resolution A.1025 (26) adopted on 2 December 2009 at the 26th Assembly Session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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032-15

07.03.2015: 0930 LT: Posn: 06:13.11N – 119:50.18E, Around 18nm NNW of Laparan Island, Philippines.
A suspected mother vessel disguised as fishing vessel deployed six high speed skiffs which chased a bulk carrier underway. The persons onboard the skiffs wearing camouflage clothes circled around and attempted to board the ship. Master raised alarm, water spray system activated, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, broadcast security messages continuously via VHF channel 16 and contacted Philippines navy for assistance. Upon hearing the Philippines navy’s reply on the VHF channel, the skiffs aborted the attempted attack and moved away.

031-15

03.03.2015: 0425 LT: Posn: Apapa Berth No.9, Lagos, Nigeria
Eight robbers boarded a berthed reefer ship. Ship’s security watch spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed.

030-15

25.01.2015: 0655 LT: Posn: 10:10.7N – 107:02.1E, Vung Tau Anchorage, Vietnam.
Duty officer onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed a small fishing boat approaching the ship. He alerted the duty AB who noticed the boat slowly moving away from the ship. As he continued his deck patrol he noticed five robbers stealing ship’s stores. Seeing the approaching AB the robbers chased him with long pipes and knives. The AB retreated into the accommodation, secured it, informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped. Upon inspection, it was reported that stores from the paint locker were stolen. Port Control was informed and the Harbour Master boarded the ship for investigation.

029-15

25.02.2015: 0615 LT: Posn: 01:04.4N – 103:36.4E, Around 5nm SW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with long knives boarded a bulk carrier underway. 4/E noticed the robbers and informed the bridge who raised the alarm, sent SSAS alert and crew mustered. The robbers escaped upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness. A search was carried out throughout the ship and the generator spares were reported stolen. When the ship arrived and dropped anchor at Singapore, the police boarded for investigation.

028-15

25.02.2015: 0430 LT: Posn: 01:08N - 103:28E, Around 3nm East of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Three robbers boarded a bulk carrier underway. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed.

027-15

20.02.2015: 2130 LT: Posn: 02:08.6N - 104:39.2E, Around 18nm SE of Pulau Aur, Malaysia.
Seven pirates armed with guns and knives in a small boat boarded and hijacked a product tanker underway. All crew taken hostage. The pirates transferred part of the base gasoline cargo into another vessel. They stole crew properties and ship’s cash and escaped on 21.02.2015. All crew safe.

026-15

21.02.2015: 0515 LT: Posn: 01:10.2N - 103:26.2E, Around 2nm NE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Duty engine crew onboard a bulk carrier underway noticed two robbers in the engine room. He immediately informed the bridge. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped without stealing anything.

025-15

31.01.2015: 0505 LT: Posn: 01:09.4N – 103:27.2E, Around 2.7nm ENE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Five robbers armed with a short gun and knives boarded a bulk carrier underway and entered the engine room. The Chief Engineer noticed the robbers and informed bridge. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Incident reported to local authorities. Investigation revealed that ship’s engine spares were stolen. Upon arriving at Eastern Boarding Ground, the Singaporean Authorities boarded the vessel for investigation.

024-15

13.02.2015: 1955 LT: Posn: 03:11N – 100:43E, Malacca Straits.
Eight pirates armed with guns and long knives in a speedboat boarded and hijacked a product tanker underway. All crew taken hostage. The pirates transferred all the fuel oil cargo and some bunker oil into another vessel. They stole crew and ship's properties and escaped on 14.02.2015. All crew safe. The tanker sailed to a safe port in Thailand where the Authorities are investigating the incident.

023-15

14.02.2015: 2210 LT: Posn: 20:36.9N – 106:51.3E, Haiphong OPL Anchorage, Vietnam.
Duty AB on routine rounds noticed five robbers on the forecastle deck. He immediately informed OOW, who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped in their wooden motor boat. Investigation revealed that the paint store door was damaged and ship’s stores stolen. Incident reported to Port Control via VHF channel 16.

022-15

14.02.2015: 0254 LT: Posn: 03:47.3N - 098:41.9E, Berth 107, Belawan Port, Indonesia.
Ten robbers armed with knives boarded a berthed bulk carrier. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Local authorities boarded the vessel. Seeing the alerted authorities the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s cargoes.

021-15

12.02.2015: 0254 LT: Posn: 20:41N – 107:12E, Around 4nm SSE of L'Orange Island, Hongai Outer Anchorage, Vietnam.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. OOW noticed some movements on the forecastle and instructed the duty AB to check. As the AB proceeded forward the OOW directed the Aldis lamp towards the robbers who escaped in their boat. Upon investigation, it was found that ship’s stores and property were stolen.

020-15

12.02.2015: 2000 LT: Posn: 03:41S – 114:28E, Around 11nm from Entrance of Banjarmasin, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Two robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier using hooks attached with ropes. Duty crew spotted the robbers and informed the bridge. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped in their boat. Upon investigation, it was found that two padlocks were broken but nothing stolen.

019-15

22.01.2015: 2220 LT: Posn: 05:50.6S – 106:55.8E, Jakarta Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty oiler during routine rounds onboard an anchored ship noticed four robbers in the engine room. One of the robbers took him as hostage and threatened him with a knife. The remaining robbers stole engine spares and escaped. Alarm raised and all crew alerted. Port Authority informed.

018-15

10.02.2015: 0350 LT: Posn: Nam Hai Container Terminal, Haiphong, Vietnam.
During routine rounds, deck watchman onboard a berthed container ship noticed two robbers near the forward store. He alerted the chief officer and the local police onboard the ship. Seeing the watchman the robbers escaped. Upon investigation ship’s stores were found missing. The police personnel onboard the ship refused to take any action. Agent and port authorities notified.

017-15

28.01.2015: 2230 LT: Vicinity of Lembeh island, north Sulawesi, Indonesia. Eight pirates on a fast boat boarded and hijacked a tanker underway. All crew were set adrift in a life raft and later saved by local fisherman. On 24.02.2015 the tanker was located grounded off Davao city, Philippines. The authorities are investigating.

016-15

05.02.2015: 0320 LT: Posn: Berth 5&6, ENL Jetty, Lagos Harbours, Nigeria.
Duty AB onboard a berthed chemical tanker spotted a robber attempting to board the vessel. He alerted the onboard security team who chased the robbers away. After a while the robbers attempted to return and the security team fired one warning shot resulting in the robbers aborting the approach.

015-15

04.02.2015: 0730 LT: Posn: 10:12N - 107:03E, Around 7nm South of Vung Tau, Vietnam.
Five robbers boarded an anchored container ship. Alert crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores.

014-15

01.02.2015: 1830 UTC: Posn: 05:28N – 005:05E, Around 10nm SW of Escravos Offshore, Nigeria.
Two crew on the forecastle of an anchored tanker noticed a boat approaching at high speed. As the boat closed the crew noticed something being thrown towards the vessel. The boat moved away and waited. After a while the two crew noticed the boat slowly approach the vessel again. The crew noticed the persons in the boat light an object and throw it towards the vessel, which hit the ship's rail and fell into the water. A loud explosion was heard. The boat moved away. Nigerian Navy and Port Authority informed. A gun boat was deployed and the vessel moved to a secure anchorage.

013-15

30.01.2015: 0500 LT: Posn: 04:26N - 001:43W, Around 27nm South of Takoradi, Ghana.
Armed pirates boarded and hijacked a fishing vessel underway. The Togo Navy responded and engaged the pirates. Twenty crew jumped overboard in an attempt to escape, and were rescued by the patrol boat. The remaining seven crew were taken hostage as the pirates fled headed out to sea. The pirates later left the vessel and the crew sailed towards a safe port. One crew has been reported killed in the incident and three crew were missing.

012-15

31.01.2015: 1530 LT: Posn: 03:55N – 098:46E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed a child on the forecastle deck. He immediately informed the D/O who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the child jumped overboard and swam to a nearby boat in which the AB noticed two other persons. On investigating it was noticed that the child had accessed the forecastle deck by climbing the anchor chain and crawling through the hawse pipe cover opening. Nothing stolen.

011-15

14.01.2015: 0550 LT: Posn: 01:02.1N – 103:54.8E, PT Idros Private Jetty, Tanjung Uncang, Batam, Indonesia.
Duty AB onboard a berthed tug spotted several robbers armed with long knives. The AB raised the alarm, armed himself with a long knife and started shouting at the robbers. One of the robbers tried to attack the AB. However, seeing the alerted crew members, the robbers escaped. A search was carried out throughout the tug and barge. Ship’s property from the barge were found stolen. Incident reported to the terminal security department.

010-15

29.01.2015: 0050 LT: Posn: 06:01.2S – 106:55.1E, Tanjung Priok Outer Roads, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Two deck watchmen on routine rounds onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed two robbers on the forecastle deck. They immediately informed the OOW who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with their accomplices in their boat. The crew members carried out a thorough search. Nothing stolen. The incident was reported to Port Control via VHF channel 12.

009-15

28.01.2015: 0600 LT: Posn: 01:02.5N - 103:39.0E, Around 5.9nm South of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Five robbers boarded a bulk carrier underway, stole ship’s engine spares and escaped. Alarm raised and search initiated. All crew safe.

008-15

11.01.2015: 0500 LT: Posn: 03:44N – 004:59E, Around 63nm SW of Bayelsa, Nigeria.
Ten pirates armed with AK47 rifles boarded and hijacked a product tanker and took hostage all nine crew. They transferred the fuel oil cargo to another vessel and two pirates departed with that vessel. The Ghanaian navy dispatched a naval vessel to investigate as the vessel moved into its waters. The naval boarding team arrested the remaining eight pirates. During the incident the crew were mistreated by the pirates.

007-15

08.01.2015: 1430 LT: Posn: 01:11N - 103:37E, Around 2.7nm NW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Robbers in three small boats approached and boarded a barge under tow. They stole some of the cargo and escaped. The tug reported the incident to the Local Authorities.

SUS-001

Suspicious approach: This incident will not feature in the IMB statistics.

20.01.2015: 1710 LT: Posn: 04:05N - 003:50W, around 70nm SSE of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
During bunker operations, an offshore supply vessel noticed a skiff with eight persons on board approaching at high speed. The bunkering vessels raised the alarm, carried out an emergency disconnection and moved away at full speed. Seeing the vessels actions, the skiff aborted the approach. All crew safe.

006-15

22.01.2015: 0350 LT: Posn: 01:06N – 103:32E, Around 7nm ENE of Pulau Karimun Besar, Indonesia.
Bosun on board a bulk carrier underway noticed five robbers armed with long knives on the poop deck. He informed the OOW who raised the alarm and crew mustered. The robbers assaulted some of the crew who came on deck to assist the bosun. The crew retaliated. The bosun was injured in the fight. As more crew arrived to assist the robbers escaped empty handed in their boat.

005-15

09.01.2015: 0700 LT: Posn: 10:18.31N – 075:33.14W, Cartagena Anchorage, Colombia.
Robbers boarded an anchored general cargo ship during bunkering operations and stole the forward life raft. The theft was noticed by the duty crew during departure time. Incident report to the Harbour Authorities.

004-15

18.01.2015: 0632 LT: Posn: 01:07N – 103:31E, Around 6nm East of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Duty crew on routine rounds onboard a bulk carrier underway noticed two robbers on the poop deck. He immediately informed the OOW who raised the alarm and crew mustered. A search was carried out throughout the ship. No robbers found onboard, but ship’s properties were stolen from the emergency generator room. Incident reported to Singapore VTIS.

003-15

14.01.2015: 2130 UTC: Posn: 03:24N – 001:21E, Around 157nm SSE of Accra, Ghana.
Eight heavily armed pirates boarded a drifting bulk carrier. They opened fire to intimidate the crew. The pirates destroyed the communication equipment, manhandled some crew members and stole crew and ship's properties. Before leaving the ship on 15 Jan at 0215 UTC, the crew were warned not to sail until sunrise.

002-15

10.01.2015: 0500 LT: Posn: 01:04.8N – 104:10.9E, Tanjung Uban Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three armed robbers boarded an anchored LPG tanker, took hostage and secured the duty AB. They entered the engine room store with intention to steal spares. Before leaving the vessel, the robbers freed the AB who reported the incident to the duty officer. Alarm raised and crew mustered. On searching the vessel no stores found missing. AB sustained slight bruises on his wrists and a mild swelling on the forehead. Remaining crew safe. Port Authority informed immediately via VHF channel.

001-15

08.01.2015: 0234 LT: Posn: Kabil Port, Batam, Indonesia.
Duty watchman on routine rounds on board an anchored tanker heard the sound of a boat engine. Upon checking he found a person attempting to board. Alarm raised and crew mustered. A boat was seen departing from near the bow as the crew carried out checks throughout the tanker. Port Control informed.

 

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