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Weekly Maritime Security Report

7th Nov 2019
Benin: Pirates kidnap nine crew members near Cotonou 02 November Pirates kidnapped nine crew members from a Norwegian-flagged cargo ship around 14 km off Cotonou. The assailants boarded the vessel while it was at anchorage. The vessel managed to notify the authorities and has reached the port of Cotonou.   Togo: Pirates kidnap four crew members off Lome 04 November Unidentified gunmen attacked a Greek-owned oil tanker 18 km off the port of Lome at 0300 hrs local time and kidnapped four crew members. The assailants shot and wounded one security guard on board the vessel. Two of the abducted crew members are Filipinos, one is Greek, and one is Georgian.   PGI Analysis: Beninese and Togolese waters are vulnerable to pirate attacks due to their proximity to… Read More

This week's Maritime Security Report

31st Oct 2019
Indonesia: Pirates board Greek vessel off Singapore Strait 18 October Five unidentified perpetrators boarded a bulk carrier sailing under a Greek flag, four miles northeast of Pulau Cula, Indonesia. After the alarm was raised the assailants escaped without any robbery or confrontation taking place. The captain informed the authorities of the incident in Singapore and the ship continued to its next port of call.   PGI Analysis: The Singapore strait has a history of high levels of piracy and criminals typically board underway vessels. Robberies are periodically reported in the waters and assailants have been known to use force to extract their demands. In some cases, crew have been injured during robberies. Coordinated patrols by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore along with increased security… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

24th Oct 2019
Peru: Robbers board tanker at Callao anchorage 12 October Three robbers boarded a tanker at Callao anchorage at about 0230 hrs local time. Watchmen on duty spotted the robbers at the vessel's forecastle deck and raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the crew proceeded to muster while the robbers escaped on a small boat without stealing anything. Crew was reported safe.   PGI Analysis: Robberies are periodically reported at Callao port and anchorage. Most robberies are opportunistic, though robbers are sometimes armed and can use force to extract their demands. Robbers tend to act overnight to take advantage of low visibility and poor security at Callao. Singapore: Armed robbers steal from bulk carrier in Singapore Straits 20 October Five robbers armed with a gun and knives… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

16th Oct 2019
India: Robbers board vessel off Gopnath Point 03 October 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… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

10th Oct 2019
Peru: Robbers board bulk carrier at Callao Anchorage 30 September Four robbers boarded a bulk carrier at Callao Anchorage at about 0100 hrs local time. The assailants took the vessel´s Able Seamen (AB) hostage and tied his hands while they proceeded to rob the ship´s properties. When the duty officer did not receive a respond from the AB he ordered other crew members to investigate. Upon arriving at the forecastle, the crew members saw the AB was tied and raised the alarm, prompting the robbers to escape with the ship´s properties. The incident was reported to Callao port authorities. PGI Analysis: Robberies targeting vessels anchored or berthed at Callao Anchorage are intermittently reported. Most robberies are opportunistic though robbers are frequently armed and… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

1st Oct 2019
  India: Robbers board LPG tanker at Kakinada Anchorage 23 September Four robbers boarded an LPG tanker at Kakinada Anchorage using a hook attached to a rope at 2325 hrs local time. Alert crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. The robbers reportedly escaped on a boat with ship's stores after hearing the alarm. The incident was reported to local authorities. PGI Analysis: Robberies are intermittently reported at Kakinada Anchorage, particularly overnight when thieves take advantage of low visibility. Although some robbers are reported to be armed, instances of violence are rare, indicating thieves are predominantly armed for self-protection or intimidation.   Indonesia: Robbers board tanker berthed at Dermaga Kencana terminal 19 September Two robbers boarded a tanker berthed at Dermaga Kencana terminal, Balikpapan at about 0100… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

19th Sep 2019
Congo: Robbers board merchant vessel at Pointe Noire Anchorage 04 September A merchant vessel was boarded at 0140 hrs local time while anchored at Pointe Noire Anchorage. The security team onboard the vessel reportedly spotted an unspecified number of unauthorised persons onboard the vessel. The crew proceeded to raise the alarm, and a search was performed but the intruders could not be located. Vessel and crew were reported safe.   PGI Analysis: Non-violent robberies are sporadically reported at Pointe Noire Anchorage and assailants are usually easily deterred by basic security procedures such as raising the alarm. Robbers are occasionally armed. However, they are rarely willing to confront crew and will often flee once the alarm has been raised.   Select Maritime News   Congo, DRC: At least 34… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

3rd Sep 2019
Indonesia: Robbers board tug near Pulau Bintan 09 August An unspecified number of robbers boarded an Indonesia-flagged tug towing barge at around 1800 hrs local time, approximately 14 nm northeast of Pulau Bintan. They stole some mattress protectors from a container on the barge, while it was anchored off Pulau Bintan. The master discovered that the items on board the barge were missing upon arrival at Crystal Offshore Yard, Singapore, on 10 August at 1200 hrs local time. The incident was reported to Singapore Port Operation Control Centre and Singapore Police Coast Guard. Indonesia: Violent robbers board bulk carrier at Belawan Anchorage 22 August A Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier was attacked at approximately 1830 hrs local time while the vessel was anchored at Belawan Anchorage.… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

28th Aug 2019
Indonesia: Robbers steal from tug in Batam anchorage 21 August Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored Singapore-flagged tug at 0440 hrs local time in Batam Anchorage. Crew were alerted to the incident and raised the alarm. The crew then mustered in a safe location and called the local authorities who responded and boarded the tug for investigations. Deck and engine room spares were reported stolen. No crew were reported injured.   Malaysia: Robbers board tug boat off Tanjung Piai 15 August Three robbers in two small boats boarded an underway Malaysia-flagged tug boat towing a barge at 1659 hrs local time, approximately 3.8 nm southeast of Tanjung Piai, Johor. The master raised the alarm and reported the incident to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

21st Aug 2019
Malaysia: Authorities arrest three suspected pirates off Tanjung Piai 03 August Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) agents arrested three suspected pirates off Tanjung Piai, Johor, at 0830 hrs local time. MMEA arrested the suspects after identifying a suspicious small wooden boat without registration. Upon inspecting the boat, authorities found more than two tonnes of scrap metal believed to have been stolen from a barge towed by a tug boat.   Malaysia: Robbers board barge off Tanjung Piai 12 August An unspecified number of robbers boarded an underway Malaysia-flagged barge, towed by a tug boat from a small boat, at 2051 hrs local time, approximately 4.3 nm south of Tanjung Piai, Johor, while the vessel was en route to Port Klang from Sarawak. The robbers stole some… Read More