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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

Weekly Maritime Security Report

14th Aug 2019
  Indonesia: Robbers approach chemical tanker at Tanjung Uban anchorage 07 August Three robbers in a wooden boat came alongside an anchored Panama-flagged chemical tanker at 0400 hrs local time in Tanjung Uban anchorage. They attempted to board the tanker using hooks attached with ropes. The duty officer on security rounds on the bridge noticed the robbers and raised the alarm, sounded the ship's whistle and shouted at the robbers. Hearing the alarm and seeing the alert crew, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and escaped.   PGI Analysis: Robbers often target vessels at anchorages and in nearby waters across Indonesia, particularly overnight and in the early hours of the morning to take advantage of low visibility. There is the potential for incidents to turn… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

8th Aug 2019
Indonesia: Robbers steal from tug at Batam 23 July Four robbers in a boat approached and boarded a berthed offshore tug at 0700 hrs local time in PT Dharma Sentosa Marindo Yard, Batam. Crew on routine rounds noticed footprints on the main deck. Further checks revealed that a storeroom padlock was broken. The alarm was raised and crew mustered. The vessel's properties were reported stolen. On 24 July, a suspicious boat came alongside the same tug with two persons onboard at 0500 hrs local time. One of them was armed with a knife. Alert crew raised the alarm, resulting in the boat moving away. The incident was reported to PFSO and Yard Manager.   Indonesia: Armed robbers board tanker off Tanjung Priok 31 July Six robbers… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

31st Jul 2019
Indonesia: Armed robbers steal engine spares from tanker at Lubuk Gaung 28 July Four armed robbers boarded a berthed tanker during cargo operations at 0355 hrs local time at SDS Terminal at Lubuk Gaung port. The crew noticed the robbers near the engine room and raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the alert crew, the robbers escaped through the steering gear room. A search was carried out and it was reported that engine spares were stolen. The incident was reported to the Port Control.   Vietnam: Robber boards cargo ship at Lotus Port 25 July A duty officer on routine rounds onboard a berthed general cargo ship at Lotus Port noticed an unauthorised person on deck throwing items over the ship's… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

24th Jul 2019
PGI Risk Portal Business performance relies on a good understanding of the environments in which you operate, invest, and travel. Information and targeted analysis provide companies with the necessary insights to ensure business continuity and the safety of their assets and staff.   The PGI Risk Portal provides subscribers with up-to-date information and analysis on geo-political events, maritime security incidents and business-relevant threats worldwide. Click here now to register for your FREE trial   Select Maritime News Brazil: Sanctions strand Iranian vessels at Imbituba 19 July Two Iranian bulk carriers, transporting urea, were stranded at Imbituba port after state oil firm Petrobras refused to provide them with fuel due to US sanctions, Reuters reported. The vessels were due to return to Iran with a shipment of corn. The development… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

16th Jul 2019
  Congo: Unarmed robbers board vessel off Pointe-Noire 07 July Two unarmed robbers boarded an anchored vessel at 0430 hrs local time off Pointe-Noire. The two suspects stole ropes and fled in a white skiff. The vessel and crew were reported safe. PVI Analysis: Robberies at Pointe-Noire anchorage and in nearby waters are intermittently reported. While in this incident the robbers were unarmed, pirates in the area are often armed and violent, occasionally causing injuries to crew members. Robbers tend to attack during the night to take advantage of low visibility.     Malaysia: Robbers board barge off Tanjung Piai 18 May According to late reports, six robbers boarded an underway Niue-flagged tug boat towing a barge from a nearby small boat and proceeded to steal some tools before… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

10th Jul 2019
  Yemen: Skiffs approach merchant vessel in Bab el-Mandeb 01 July A merchant vessel transiting through the Bab el-Mandeb was approached by three skiffs each with five persons on board, during the early morning hours of 1 July. The incident occurred at approximately 1140 hrs local time. The three skiffs approached within 0.1 nm. The merchant vessel's Armed Security Team showed their weapons and the skiffs proceeded to depart. The crew and the vessel were reported safe.   PVI analysis: Piracy and attacks are intermittently reported in the Bab el-Mandeb strait. Robbers are frequently armed and tend to use violence during robberies. Indonesia: Robbers board bulk carrier in Tanjung Priok Port 30 June An unspecified number of robbers boarded a berthed Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier during cargo operations… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

3rd Jul 2019
Select Maritime News Brazil: Authorities seize 530 kg of cocaine at Paranagua port 26 June Authorities seized 530 kg of cocaine hidden inside a cargo container at Paranagua port. Authorities found the narcotics during a routine check. The narcotics were bound for Rotterdam port in the Netherlands.   Greece: Port employees to strike in Athens, Thessaloniki on 3 July 28 June A trade union representing dockworkers called for a strike at ports in Athens and Thessaloniki over working conditions. The industrial action is likely to impact maritime operations including passenger transportation.   Italy: Migrant rescue boat heads to Lampdusa despite Italy´s warning 26 June A German-owned migrant-rescue boat entered Italian waters and headed toward the islands of Lampedusa, despite Italian officials prohibiting the vessel from doing so. The captain of the… Read More