India: Robbers board vessel off Gopnath Point
The Tanzanian-flagged Offshore Supply Vessel, ASD Jaguar was robbed during the afternoon hours of 3 October, while being towed off the coast of India. The incident occurred at approximately 1630 hrs local time, some 3 nm west of Gopnath Point. The vessel had been towed by the tug, Bateleur, and was bound for Bhavnagar for demolition. The Master of the tug noticed three individuals boarding the ASD Jaguar and making off with ship stores before escaping. The Master then proceeded to report the incident to VTS Khambat, who in turn reported it to the Indian Coast Guard.
PGI Analysis: Robberies are frequently reported at Indian ports and in nearby waters. However, incidents at Gopnath Point are rarely reported. Pirates most frequently target vessels overnight to take advantage of low visibility, though robberies in broad daylight have been reported in the past. Most robberies are opportunistic, and although some robbers are reported to be armed, instances of violence are rare, indicating that thieves are predominantly armed for self-protection or intimidation.
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