Philippines: Robbers steal from container-ship at Manila anchorage
According to a late report, two robbers boarded an anchored container ship using the hawes pipe at 1930 hrs local time at Manila South Harbour Anchorage. Duty crew informed the chief officer, who then raised the alarm and mustered crew, prompting the robbers to flee with stolen ship’s properties. The incident was reported to port authorities and the coast guard boarded the ship to investigate the robbery.
PGI Analysis: Reports of crime at Manila South Harbour Anchorage have been rare since 2015, when they were periodically reported. Crime at ports and anchorages in the Philippines is significantly lower than in neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia, with incidents clustering off Tawi-Tawi province, Manila’s South Harbour and off the coasts of Zamboanga, Sibugay, Batangas and Batan.
Liberia: Suspected robber boards vessel in Monrovia anchorage
A suspected robber boarded a tanker anchored at Monrovia anchorage at 0300 hrs local time. A member of the crew spotted the individual, raised the alarm and mustered the crew, prompting the assailant to flee. There was no report of injuries from the event and nothing was stolen.
PGI Analysis: Robberies at Liberian anchorages are intermittently reported, although many more are likely unreported. Security at Monrovia port has improved in recent years, however the anchorage remains vulnerable to opportunistic thieves, particularly overnight when visibility is reduced.
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