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30.12.2014 : 1600 LT: 15:06N – 042:00E, Red Sea.
Two skiffs, one with six pirates and the other with three pirates approached a tanker underway. Alarm raised and all crew proceeded to the citadel. The armed guards on board the tanker fired hand flares as a warning. The skiffs continued their approach and as they closed weapons and a long ladder were visually sighted. The armed guards fired warning shots which were initially ignored by the skiffs. As the guards fired their second round of warning shots the skiffs aborted their approach. The vessel continued passage. All crew safe.

25.12.2014: 0030 LT: 20:41N – 107:12E: Campha Anchorage, Vietnam.
Four robbers boarded an anchored general cargo ship. They broke into the forward store, stole ship’s properties and escaped unnoticed.

25.12.2014: 0345 LT: 01:02N – 103:38E: 13nm East of Pulau Karimun Besar, indonesia.
Eight persons armed with long knives boarded a product tanker underway. They entered the engine room, tied up the duty oiler, stole engine spares and escaped. The oiler managed to free himself and inform the bridge. Alarm raised, crew mustered and a search carried out on deck and engine room.

23.10.2014: 0555 LT: 01:06N – 103:32E, Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
While underway a duty crew found four robbers armed with long knives in the engine room. He immediately notified the 2nd engineer who raised the alarm and informed the OOW on the bridge. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped. A search was carried. Nothing was stolen. No injuries to crew.

20.12.2014: 0100 LT: Posn: 14:34N – 120:54E, Manila South Harbour Quarantine Anchorage, Philippines.
Robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored container ship by cutting off the razor wire lashing protecting the hawse pipe cover. They broke open the forepeak store and paint room padlocks, stole ship’s stores and properties and escaped unnoticed. Duty OS on routine rounds noticed bare foot-prints on the forecastle deck and raised the alarm. Crew mustered and a search was carried out throughout the vessel. Incident reported to VTMS Manila. The coast guard boarded the vessel for investigation.

20.12.2014: 0830 LT: Posn: 01:19.0N – 104:08.5E, Around 1.5nm South of Tanjung Setapa, Johor, Malaysia.
Robbers boarded an anchored product tanker and entered the engine room. They broke open the engine store room’s padlock, stole engine spares and ship’s properties and escaped unnoticed. The theft was noticed by the duty crew during routine rounds.

20.12.2014: 0145 LT: Posn: 01:23.4N – 104:40.0E, Around 11nm NNE of Tg. Berakit, Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Four robbers wearing face masks armed with knives boarded an anchored container ship. They took hostage the duty oiler, tied his hands and took him to the engine room workshop. One of the robbers guarded the oiler, while the other robbers stole engine spares. After a few minutes, the robbers left the oiler in the workshop and escaped. The oiler managed to call the bridge and informed the duty officer about the incident. Alarm raised, crew mustered and a search was carried out.

19.12.2014: 0050 UTC: Posn: 06:26N – 003:19E, Capital Oil Jetty, Lagos, Nigeria.
Two robbers boarded a berthed tanker using hooks attached with ropes. Alarm raised and crew members alerted resulting in the robbers escaping. Nothing stolen. Lagos port control and Nigerian navy informed. A Nigerian Naval patrol boat searched of the area and a guard was posted on board the vessel. On investigation it was found that the robbers had cut through the razor wire to gain access on board the vessel.

17.12.2014: 2110 LT: Posn: 22:11.4N – 091:43.5E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Three robbers armed with long knives boarded a product tanker during anchoring operations. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the robbers stealing ship’s stores from the poop deck. He immediately informed the bridge and the alarm was raised. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen stores in their boat. Port Control informed. The coast guard contacted the vessel and informed the Master that they had sent a patrol boat to the location.

16.12.2014: 0245 LT: Posn: 19:48.0S – 034:49.8E, Biera Port, Mozambique.
Port security watchman noticed a robber armed with a long knife lowering mooring ropes from a berthed chemical tanker. He alerted the OOW who raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robber escaped with his accomplice after threatening the Port security watchman. Incident reported to the Port Facility Security Officer who boarded the vessel for investigation.

13.11.2014: 0510 LT: Posn 01:14N – 103:28E, Around 2nm SW of Tanjung Piai, Malaysia.
Engine room crew, onboard an anchored tanker noticed two unauthorised persons in the steering gear room. OOW on bridge informed. Alarm raised, crew mustered and search initiated. CSO and Port facility security officer notified. No unauthorised persons found onboard.

11.11.2014: 2215 LT: Posn 01:04N – 104:12E, Tanjung Uban Jetty No.1, Indonesia.
Second engineer onboard a berthed LPG tanker noticed a robber in the engine room. He shouted at the robber and approached him. The robber moved towards the steering gear room where two more robbers armed with metal rods were noticed. Seeing the alert crew the robbers escaped. 2/E alerted the remaining crew and a search of the vessel carried out. Terminal security and agents notified. All crew safe.

08.11.2014: 2345 LT: Posn: 00:17S – 117:36E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Five robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier during cargo operations, took hostage two duty crew and tied them up. They broke into the forecastle store, stole ship’s properties, stores and belongings of the duty crew members and escaped.

08.11.2014: 0300 LT: Posn: 01:28N – 104:38E, Around 14nm NNE of Tg. Berakit, Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Duty watchman on routine rounds onboard an anchored chemical tanker noticed three persons on the poop deck. One of them was armed with a long knife. He informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and crew mustered. A search was made throughout the vessel and found that the persons had escaped without stealing anything.

07.11.2014: 0500-0600 LT: Posn 03:49N – 077:09W, Buenaventura Anchorage, Colombia.
Unnoticed robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier during heavy rain and escaped with a stolen life raft. Duty AB on routine rounds noticed the hawse pipe cover opened and the securing chain broken. Master reported the incident to Port Control whom in turn informed the Coast Guard who boarded the vessel for investigation. During the incident there were small fishing boats in the vicinity but not visible on the radar.

04.11.2014: 0457 LT: Posn: 04:03N-005:28E, Around 30nm of Bayelsa Coast, Nigeria.
About 5-6 pirates in a boat approached and fired upon a container vessel underway. The pirates managed to come alongside the vessel, destroy part of the razor wire and attempted to hook on their boarding ladder. Master increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and managed to evade the attack. Vessel and crew safe.

04.11.2014: 0550 LT: Posn: 01:13N – 103:34E, Around 4nm SE of Tanjung Piai, Johor, Malaysia.
Duty AB on routine rounds onboard an anchored offshore tug noticed a robber on the main deck and immediately notified the bridge. Alarm raised, crew mustered. Seeing alerted crew the robber escaped. On searching the tug the padlocks on the store room doors were found damaged with a few items missing.

27.10.2014: 0545 LT: Posn: 01:04.8N – 103:36.0E, Around 11nm ENE of Pulau Karimun Besar, Indonesia.
Two robbers armed with knives in a small boat boarded a bulk carrier underway. Alarm raised, crew mustered and a search was carried out. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped empty handed in their boat. MPA Singapore informed. No injuries to crew reported.

26.10.2014: 0530 LT: Posn: 3nm SE of Tanjung Piai, Malaysia.
Duty watch keeper on board a tanker during routine rounds heard a noise on the deck and reported it to the OOW. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped. On searching the area the crew noticed the paint locker opened but nothing stolen.

26.10.2014: 0520 LT: Posn: 01:24N – 104:35E, Around 10nm North of Tg. Berakit, Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Four robbers in a small boat with a green canopy, armed with knives and bolos boarded an anchored container ship. Duty AB noticed the robbers attempting to break into the engine room and informed the D/O who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed in their boat.

24.10.2014: 2045 LT: Posn: 22:15N – 091:43E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Twelve robbers in two boats approached an anchored bulk carrier. Three robbers armed with long knives boarded the ship using hooks attached with ropes. They took hostage three shore watchmen, tied them up and threatened them with long knives. The duty AB on routine rounds noticed the robbers trying to break into the forecastle store and raised the alarm. Crew mustered, Port Control, Coast Guard and vessels in the vicinity informed. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with stolen ship’s properties. A Coast Guard patrol boat was dispatched to the location and apprehend one boat and its occupants.

22.10.2014: 0300 LT: Posn: 01:25N – 104:35E, Around 11nm NNE of Tg Berakit, Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Five persons armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty AB spotted the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with stolen ship’s properties. Port control and local agent informed.

21.10.2014: 0740 LT: Posn: 10:09N – 107:06E, Around 10nm South of Vung Tau, Vietnam.
Four boats approached a drifting container ship from various directions. Two boats approached the stern and asked the duty crew if they had any scrap items available onboard. As the crew was distracted the other two boats approached via the port side and five robbers armed with knives boarded the vessel. Alert duty bosun sighted the robbers and raised the alarm. Crew mustered. The robbers threatened the bosun and jumped overboard empty handed. Vung Tau VTS notified.

21.10.2014: 0300 LT: Posn: 01:48N – 104:31E, Around 24nm ESE of Tg. Sedili Besar, Malaysia.
Pirates armed with guns and knives boarded a product tanker underway. They took hostage all crew members and ordered the Master to anchor the vessel. The pirates damaged the deck machinery and enquired about the cargo loaded. Realising that the cargo was not suitable the pirates stole ship’s cash and crew personal belongings and left the tanker at 0610 LT. The crew managed to repair the damaged deck machinery to heave up the anchor. The MMEA dispatched a patrol boat to the location for investigation. No injuries to crew reported.

20.10.2014: 0535 LT: Posn: 01:08N – 103:29E, Around 4nm East of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Junior Eng, onboard a bulk carrier underway noticed two persons near the engine room skylight while conducting routine checks on the poop deck. He saw the persons approaching him and realised they were not crew members. Alarm raised, ship’s whistle sounded, crew mustered and ship’s lights were switched on. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen engine spares. MPA Singapore informed.

19.10.2014: 0530 LT: Posn: 01:10N – 103:32E, Around 7nm ENE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Two robbers boarded a LPG tanker underway to pilot boarding ground. 3/E noticed the robbers escaping from the steering flat and informed the bridge. Alarm raised, crew mustered and a search was carried out. No robbers were found but some engine spares were found missing from the engine room store. MPA Singapore informed.

18.10.2014: 0330 LT: Posn: 01:08N – 103:28E, Around 3nm East of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Five robbers armed with long knives in a boat came alongside and boarded a chemical tanker underway. They went into the engine room, took hostage 3/E and the duty fitter and tied them up. The robbers stole engine spares and escaped in their boat. No injuries to crew.

18.09.2014: 0049 LT: Posn: Chittagong Outer Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Twenty Five robbers with knives approached an anchored vehicle carrier. Ten robbers armed with knives boarded via the stern ramp coaming brackets. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The robbers stole mooring ropes and escaped. No injuries to crew. Port control and coast guard informed who dispatched a patrol boat. At 0645 LT coast guard contacted the ship indicating suspect vessel apprehended and mooring ropes recovered.

17.09.2014: 0230 LT: Posn: 10:14.9N – 107:03.1E, Vung Tau Inner Anchorage, Vietnam.
Three robbers boarded an anchored tanker. Duty AB on routine rounds spotted the robbers and informed the D/O who raised the alarm. All crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm the robbers escaped in their small wooden boat with stolen ship’s stores.

17.09.2014: 2200 LT: Posn: 01:26N – 104:50E, 20nm NE of Tg Berakit, Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Eight armed pirates boarded and hijacked a product tanker enroute to Timor Leste. The vessel rendezvoused with two smaller tankers and the cargo of gasoil was transferred. Later the pirates released the tanker and escaped. Crew and vessel safe.

14.09.2014: 0630 LT: Posn: 17:40N – 083:23E, Visakhapatnam Anchorage, India.
Seven robbers in a boat approached an anchored chemical tanker. Four of the robbers boarded the tanker via the stern and stole fire hose nozzles and couplings. Master noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with the stolen items. Port control informed.

03.09.2014: 0230 LT: Posn: 22:44N – 070:01E, Kandla Outer Anchorage, India.
Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored product tanker. They threatened the duty crew who managed to escape and informed the bridge. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties.

24.08.2014: 0610 LT: Posn: 01:13N – 103:53E, Singapore Straits.
Six robbers boarded an livestock vessel underway. They entered the engine room, took hostage and tied up the 2nd Engineer and stole engine room spares, personal cash and escaped. 2nd Engineer managed to free himself and raised the alarm. Incident reported to the coast guard who later boarded for investigation when vessel entered port.

23.08.2014: 0700LT: Posn: 06:05S – 106:53E, Berth 114, Jakarta Port, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded a berthed bulk carrier unnoticed and escaped with ship’s properties. The theft was noticed when the chief officer noticed the deck store broken into and ships stores missing.

26.08.2014: 1020 UTC: Posn: 04:08.10N – 005:33.50E, Around 24nm SW of Bayelsa Coast, Nigeria.
Seven pirates armed with guns in a five meter long skiff approached and fired upon a product tanker underway. The vessel increased speed and commenced evasive manoeuvring. The pirates tried to board but because of the evasive manoeuvring the rope ladder fell into the sea resulting in the pirates aborting their attack.

28.08.2014: 2040 LT: Posn: 03:24N – 104:04E, Around 30nm North of Pulau Tioman, Malaysia.
Six armed pirates hijacked a product tanker underway. They took hostage all crew and locked them in the engine room. The pirates sailed the vessel to an unknown location where they transferred the cargo into another tanker. Before leaving the vessel the pirates destroyed all navigation and communication equipment and released the crew. The crew managed to repair the vessel and sailed to a safe port.

27.08.2014: 2115 UTC: Posn: 04:43.02N – 003:30.02W, Around 45NM SE of Abidjan Coast, Ivory Coast.
Twelve armed pirates with guns boarded a drifting product tanker. They took hostage all crew members, stole ships cash, crew cash and personal effects and escaped. No injuries to crew. Before leaving the vessel, the pirates destroyed the vessels navigation equipment and stolen ships properties. Crew and vessel safe.

25.08.2014: 0230 LT: Posn: 06:01S – 106:53E, Tanjung Priok Tanker Anchorage, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Three persons in a wooden boat approached an anchored chemical tanker. Alert duty crew on routine rounds noticed the boat and informed the D/O who raised the alarm. Crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the boat moved away.

25.08.2014: 0900 LT: Posn: 08:21N – 076:36E, Around 22nm West of Kovalam, India.
A bulk carrier underway was approached twice by skiffs with a white hull and blue stripes. On the first approach a skiff with five armed persons approached and closed to 100 metres of the vessel. After four hours duty crew noticed another skiff with six armed persons approach and close to around 300-400 metres. On both occasions the on board armed security showed their weapons and the skiffs stopped. Both skiffs had speeds of 15-20 kts. Indian coast guard informed.

22.08.2014: 0500 LT: Posn: 01:10N -103:34E, Around 5nm WNW of Nipah Island, Indonesia.
Twelve robbers armed with knives boarded and entered the engine room of a container ship underway. They took hostage the Electrical Officer who managed to alert the crew. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with ship’s engine spares. VTIS informed.

22.08.2014: 0030 LT: Posn: 22:15N, 091:43E, Around 4nm West of Patenga, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Four robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier underway. They threatened the duty watchmen who retreated into the accommodation and locked the doors. The robbers stole mooring ropes from the stern lockers and escaped. No injuries to crew. Port Control and Coast Guard informed who ask for more information and ship’s details.

22.08.2014: 0404 LT: Posn: 01:26N – 104:37E, Around 13nm NNE of Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Alert crew on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed three robbers using a bamboo pole to board the ship and alerted the OOW who raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped. All crew safe.

20.08.2014: 0255 LT: Posn: 04:54.8N – 001:43.1W, Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana.
Three robbers in a canoe approached and boarded an anchored offshore tug. Duty AB on routine rounds noticed the robbers attempting to steal the outboard engine of the vessel’s rescue boat. He immediately informed bridge who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed. Incident reported to Port Control and a Marine Police patrol boat came for investigation.

20.08.2014: 0845 LT: Posn: 00:14S – 117:40E, Samarinda Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty A/B on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed the forward stores door lock broken. Upon searching the store it was found that mooring ropes were missing. Incident reported to Port Control through the local agents.

SUSPICIOUS CRAFT: This incident will not be included in the IMB statistics

20.08.2014: 0630 UTC: Posn: 12:48.1N – 043:14.2E, Bab El Mandeb, Red Sea.
Six persons in a skiff approached a tanker underway. As the skiff closed to a distance of 0.2nm the Master raised the alarm, increased speed, activated fire hoses, non-essential crew mustered in a safe room and on board armed security team took positions on bridge wings. As the alarm was raised the skiff altered course and moved away. No weapons or ladders sighted. No fishing equipment sighted.

20.08.2014: 0417 LT: Posn: 01:33N – 104:46E, around 23NM of Tg. Berakit, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with knives boarded a product tanker. Alert crew raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed. All crew safe

18.08.2014: 1030 UTC: Posn: 12:52.6N – 043:14.2E, Bab El Mandeb Strait, Red Sea.
While underway a bulk carrier noticed four skiffs at a distance of 1.5nm. A possible mother vessel was also noticed at a distance of around 4nm. As the skiffs approached the vessel, the Master raised the alarm, increased speed, commenced evasive manoeuvres and non-essential crew mustered near the citadel. At a distance of around 0.5nm the on board armed security team noticed a ladder in a skiff with six persons onboard and they raised their weapons resulting in the skiffs aborting the approach and moving away.

17.06.2014: 1800 LT: Posn : 03:57N – 098:46E, Belawan anchorage, Indonesia.
While at anchor, duty A/B on rounds noticed the padlock to the paint locker broken and sighted four robbers armed with knives. He immediately informed the C/O who raised alarm, crew alerted. Upon hearing the alarm the robbers escaped. Upon inspection ship’s stores and properties were found stolen.

10.06.2014: 0405 LT: Posn: 06:01N – 001:18E, Lome Achorage, Togo
A wooden boat with seven suspected robbers on board approached an anchored container ship and attempted to board the vessel using a long stick with a hook. Alert crew raised the alarm and notified Togo navy. Crew mustered. Noticing the crew alertness the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and moved away.

10.06.2014: 0645 LT: Posn: 17:37N – 083:24E, Visakhapatnam, India.
Two robbers boarded an anchored tanker. OOW spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. All crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted the attempt and escaped in their fishing boat.

08.06.2014: 2320 LT: Posn: 22:29N – 091:41E, Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh.
Six armed robbers in a small boat approached and boarded an anchored tanker using a hooked portable ladder. Duty A/B informed the bridge who raised the alarm, sounded ship’s whistle and crew mustered on the bridge. SSAS activated and two rocket parachute flares fired. The robbers proceed to the forecastle, forced open the bosun store, stole ship properties and escaped after an hour.

07.06.2014: 0500 LT: Posn: 01:40.2N – 104:25.9E, Around 10nm ENE of Tanjung Balau, Johor, Malaysia.
Four robbers in a small boat approached and boarded an anchored general cargo ship using a hook attached with rope. Duty A/B on routine rounds noticed the robbers at poop deck and informed the duty officer who raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed in their boat. A security alert was sent to ships in the vicinity.

05.06.2014: 1800 LT: Posn: Off Ghana.
Pirates hijacked a fishing vessel, took hostage all the 41 crew and tied their hands. The pirates then cut off all power supply to communication equipment and forced the Master to sail the vessel towards Nigeria in an attempt to hijack other vessels. However, fearing that the Nigerian Navy were in pursuit, the pirates disembarked and escaped within 24 hours. The crew and fishing vessel arrived at a safe port.

03.06.2014: 2330 LT: Posn: 06:00S – 106:54E, Around 4.9nm NE of Tg. Priok, Indonesia.
Alert deck watchman on board an anchored general cargo vessel noticed three robbers attempting to board the vessel. Alarm raised. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers retreated into their boat and moved away.

02.06.2014: 1740 UTC: Posn: 04:49N –008:18E, Calabar River, Nigeria.
Two speed boats with armed persons approached and fired upon an anchored bulk carrier. Seeing the on board armed security team the boats aborted the attack and moved away.

31.05.2014: 0515 LT: Posn: 04:03N –112:26E, Around 60nm NW of Bintulu, Malaysia.
Ten armed pirates boarded a tanker underway. They tied up the duty officer and lookout and asked them the details of the vessel destination, type of cargo, nationality and number of crew on board. Before leaving the vessel the pirates destroyed the vessel’s communication equipment and stole ship’s and crew property. Crew and vessel safe.

29.05.2014: 2150 LT: Posn: 21:43N – 091:47E, Kutubdia Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Deck watchmen on board an anchored product tanker sighted one robber on the poop deck and another attempting to board the vessel. OOW notified, alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped without steeling anything.

29.05.2014: 0345 LT: Posn: 01:08N – 103:30E, 4nm of Karimun Kecil Island, Indonesia.
Four robbers boarded a bulk carrier underway and entered the engine room. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. Due to the crew alertness, the robbers were unable to steal anything and escaped empty handed.

29.05.2014: 0500 LT: Posn: 01:34N – 104:27E, Malaysia.
Three suspected robbers in a skiff approached an anchored tanker. Duty crew spotted the skiff and reported to the bridge. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers moved away.

28.05.2014: 0610 LT: Posn: 01:08N – 103:30E, 4nm of Karimun Kecil Island, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier underway. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed.

27.05.2014: 0310 LT: Posn: 01:28N – 104:37E, around 14nm NNE of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Three suspected robbers boarded an offshore processing ship using a rope and hook. Alert duty A/B raised the alarm resulting in the persons escaping without stealing anything.

25.05.2014: Early Morning: Posn: 01:51N – 104:31E, Around 30nm South of Pulau Aur, Malaysia.
Armed pirates boarded a tanker underway; stole cash, crew personal effects and provisions and damaged some ship equipment before leaving the vessel. All crew safe and vessel continued her passage to the next port.

23.05.2014: 0020 LT: Posn: 06:01S – 106:54E, Jakarta Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Deck patrol noticed the robbers and alerted the bridge. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. The robbers threatened the deck patrol with a knife and escaped with stolen ship’s engine spares.

22.05.2014: 1440 LT: Posn: 03:55.6N – 098:46.9E,Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Two robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. The robbers escaped with stolen ship properties.

21.05.2014: 0200 UTC: Posn: 06:03N – 001:14E, about 4nm south of Lome Port, Togo.
A boat with eight robbers armed with long knives attempted to board a chemical tanker at anchor. Alert deck watch keepers on board an anchored chemical tanker noticed a boat with eight robbers, armed with long knives, attempting to board the vessel. Alarm and ship’s horn sounded. Seeing alert crew and due to a moderate swell the robbers were unable to board the vessel and moved away.

14.05.2014: 0440 LT: Posn: 01:04.8N – 103:28.6E, Karimun Anchorage, Indonesia.
Two robbers tried to board an anchored product tanker. Duty lookout noticed the robbers and informed the OOW. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers moved away.

13.05.2014: 0430 LT: Posn: 04:45N – 006:59E, Port Harcourt Anchorage, Nigeria.
Two robbers boarded an anchored tanker, took hostage two crew members and threatened them with knives. The robbers released the crew after stealing mooring ropes. Upon release the crew raised the alarm and all crew mustered on the bridge. While mustered on the bridge the Master and crew smelled cargo gas and noticed a small craft alongside the vessel near the forward stealing cargo. Nigerian Navy contacted and ships in the vicinity warned on VHF Ch 16. The Navy responded by sending a small speed boat, which circled the vessel and then left. All crew safe.

12.05.2014: 0515 LT: Posn: 01:35.6N – 104:32.2E, Malaysia.
3/Eng on board an anchored tanker spotted three to four robbers in the steering gear room. He immediately informed the bridge, raised the alarm and the crew were alerted. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped without stealing anything.

10.05.2014: 2310 LT: Posn: 22:13.4N – 091:45.9E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
15 robbers in a wooden boat approached an anchored product tanker. One robber attempted to board the tanker using a portable ladder but the duty watchman managed to deter the boarding. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The robbers aborted the attempted attack and moved away. Coast Guard informed.
07.05.2014: 0241 LT: Posn: 01:28.7N – 104:40.0E, Around 15nm NNE of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Alert crew on board an anchored product tanker noticed four persons armed with knives near the poop deck and raised the alarm. Hearing the alarm the persons escaped without stealing anything.

05.05.2014: 2155 LT: Posn: 22:08N – 091:46E, Chittagong Roads, Bangladesh.
30 robbers in a boat armed with long knives approached an anchored chemical tanker. Four robbers boarded the tanker and cut off the aft mooring rope. Alarm raised, crew mustered in the accommodation and Coast Guard informed. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers stole a lifebuoy and escaped. A patrol boat came to the location and made a search.

05.05.2014: 0320 LT: Posn: 08:29.4N – 013:13.3W, Berth No.2, Freetown Port, Sierra Leone.
Five robbers armed with knives in a boat approached a berthed bulk carrier. Two robbers boarded the ship and took hostage the duty cadet on rounds. They then cut off and stole the aft mooring ropes before releasing the cadet and escaping. On being released the cadet informed the duty officer who raised the alarm.

04.05.2014: 0420 LT: Posn: 01:27.2N – 104:35.2E, Around 13nm North of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Duty A/B on routine rounds on board an anchored chemical tanker noticed the steering gear room’s door open. Upon approaching, he saw a robber escaping over the railing and informed the bridge. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. Upon searching the vessel it was discovered that ship’s engine spares were stolen. A security message was broadcast to ships in the vicinity.

03.05.2014: 0310 LT: Posn: 01:24.4N – 104:41.2E, Around 12nm NNE of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Duty A/B on routine rounds on board an anchored chemical tanker noticed a boat alongside the port quarter and saw five robbers attempting to board the vessel via a rope attached to a hook. The A/B informed the OOW via walkie-talkie who raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and escaped in their boat.

02.05.2014: 2145 UTC: Posn: 15:45N – 041:26E, Red Sea.
Two suspicious skiffs doing 15 knots approached a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed, altered course, activated fire hoses, fired rocket flares and non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel. When the skiffs closed to a distance of two cables from the ship, the on board armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs moving away.

01.05.2014: 0425 LT: Posn: 01:24.0N – 104:35.1E, Around 10nm North of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Duty crew on board an anchored general cargo ship saw a small boat approaching from astern. On further checking he noticed the boat had come alongside and had six robbers armed with handguns. Alarm raised and ship’s horn sounded. The robbers aborted the attempted boarding and moved away.

30.04.2014: 0500 LT: Posn: 01:24.4N – 104:41.2E, Around 12nm NNE of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Three robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker. The duty wiper on routine rounds noticed the robbers and informed the duty engineer who raised the alarm. The robbers immediately escaped in their boat. All crew mustered. Upon searching the vessel it was found that some engine spares were missing.

30.04.2014: 0150 LT: Posn: 22:08.1N – 091:41.6E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Two robbers boarded an anchored tanker from the stern. Ship’s alarm raised, all crew mustered and Port Control notified. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties.

29.04.2014: 1931 UTC: Posn: 04:56N – 004:49E, Around 35nm West of Bayelsa Province Coast, Nigeria.
Two armed pirates boarded a product tanker underway. As the crew retreated into the citadel the on board armed team fired at the pirates. Most of the crew including the guards managed to retreat into the citadel. Head count in the citadel indicated two crew missing. When the guards and crew emerged from the citadel they found the C/E had been killed and the 3/O with injuries. The vessel headed towards Lagos.

24.04.2014: 0250 LT: Posn: 21:51N – 091:40E, Chittagong OPL, Bangladesh.
Around 20 robbers in two boats boarded an anchored bulk carrier, broke into the forward stores, stole ship’s property and escaped. The ship’s attempt to contact the coast guard failed but message was relayed by another ship in the vicinity.

23.04.2014: 1956 LT: Posn: 06:17N – 003:21E, 6.3nm SSW of Lagos Breakwater, Nigeria.
Three persons in a skiff approached an anchored tanker carrying out STS operations and tried to board it via the anchor chain. Alert Nigerian Security Guard raised the alarm and fired a warning shot resulting in the robbers moving away.

22.04.2014: 0055 LT: Posn: 02:59N – 100:54E, 3nm WNW of One Fathom Bank, Off Port Klang, Malacca Straits.
A tanker was boarded and hijacked by around 10 heavily armed pirates who then transferred and stole part of the fuel cargo into smaller unknown tankers. Crew and ship’s properties were stolen and ship’s communication equipment damaged. The pirates kidnapped three crew members and escaped. The vessel and remaining crew safely arrived at a port.

21.04.2014: 0300 LT: Posn: 01:24.4N – 104:34.8E, 11nm North of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored product tanker, stole ship’s property and escaped unnoticed. The robbery was noticed by duty watchman on routine rounds.

17.04.2014: 2010 LT: Posn: 01:59.8N – 104:25.4E, 26nm SSW of Pulau Aur, Malaysia.
A product tanker was boarded and hijacked by around 16 heavily armed pirates who then transferred and stole part of the fuel cargo into smaller unknown tankers. Crew and ship’s properties were stolen and ship’s communication equipment damaged. Master and crew managed to repair the damage and proceed to a safe port.

04.04.2014: Between 0100 – 0400 LT: Posn: 01:25N – 104:38E, Around 12nm NNE of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored tanker unnoticed and escaped with ship’s properties. The robbery was only noticed in the morning by the engine crew.

02.04.2014: 0005 LT: Posn: 01:24N – 104:43E, Around 13nm NE of Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Four robbers boarded an anchored tanker from the stern. Duty A/B noticed the robbers and informed the bridge. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. Due to the crew alertness, the robbers escaped without stealing anything.

01.04.2014: 0040 LT: Posn: 20:52N – 107:07E, Cailan Channel, Vietnam.
Three robbers in a small boat approached and boarded a grounded container ship and attempted to break into the forward stores. Alert duty crew sighted the robbers and raised the alarm. All crew mustered, SSAS activated and DPA was informed. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness the robbers escaped empty handed. Port Authority contacted but received no response.

31.03.2014: 0505 LT: Posn: 01:06N – 103:34E, Around 9nm ENE of Pulau Karimun Besar, Indonesia.
Four robbers boarded a bulk carrier underway. They entered into the engine room, they threatened the duty oiler with a knife, tied him up, stole engine spares and escaped. Later the duty 2/E found the oiler, released him and raised the alarm. Incident report to MPA Singapore.

31.03.2014: 0328 LT: Posn: 01:24.6N – 104:41.7E, Around 12nm NNE off Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Duty AB on board an anchored tanker noticed four robbers on board the vessel near the stern. He informed the D/O who raised the alarm and crew mustered. The robbers immediately escaped empty handed upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness.

30.03.2014: 1415 LT: Posn: 26:24.4N – 056:41.8E, Around 8nm ENE of Musandam Island, Oman.
Six persons in a skiff armed with machine gun approached a tanker underway and fired twice towards the accommodation and bridge. Master raised alarm and mustered all crew. Fire pump activated and vessel altered course. Upon hearing the alarm the persons aborted the attempted attacked and moved away.

29.03.2014: 0420 LT: Posn: 01:07.8N – 103:30.6E, Around 6nm East of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Four robbers wearing masks armed with knives boarded a product tanker underway. They entered into the engine room and aggressively approached the duty motorman who escaped and informed the bridge. Alarm raised, SSAS activated, Authorities informed and crew mustered. A complete search of the tanker was carried out and found that the robbers had escaped.

23.03.2014: 0630 UTC: Posn: 13:18N – 042:52E, Red Sea.
Five skiffs with three persons in each approached a chemical tanker underway at high speed. Master raised the alarm, crew mustered, fire pump activated and the on board armed security team took their position. Ladders were noticed in two skiffs as they closed to a distance of 1nm from the tanker. The security team immediately fired one rocket flare towards the skiffs and showed their weapons resulting in the skiffs aborting their approach.

20.03.2014: 0115 LT: Posn: 04:14N – 005:00E, Around 40nm SW of Bayelsea, Nigeria.
A speedboat with four person on board armed with guns approached and fired upon a drifting tanker. The vessel raised the alarm and all crew retreated to the citadel. The crew were able to get underway by starting the main engine. After a few hours the crew safely emerged from the citadel.

20.03.2014: 0040 LT: Posn : 05:59S – 105:55E, Cigading Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers boarded an anchored container ship using a rope. The duty A/B spotted the robbers and reported to D/O on the bridge. The ship raised the alarm and all crew mustered. The robbers jumped overboard and escaped with the boat. The Master reported to Port Authority.

10.03.2014: 0145 LT: Posn: 01:08N – 103:29E, Around 4nm East of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Three robbers boarded a bulk carrier underway. Ship’s alarm raised and all crew mustered. Due to crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed.

09.03.2014: 0135 LT: Posn: 09:56N – 076:09E, Kochi Anchorage, India.
Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored product tanker. D/O spotted the robbers stealing ship’s stores and raised the alarm resulting in the crew members approaching the location. Seeing the alert crew, the robbers jumped overboard with the stolen stores and escaped. Master reported the incident to the Port Control.

07.03.2014: 1630 UTC: Posn: 14:20N – 053:19E, Gulf of Aden.
Three skiffs chased and approached a Ro-Ro ship underway. Master raised the alarm, contacted the UKMTO and broadcast a Mayday message. All non-essential crewmembers mustered in the citadel, and vessel took anti-piracy preventive measures as per BMP4. The on board armed security team fired three red flares when the skiffs closed to the ship resulting in the skiffs aborting the approach. A military helicopter and a warship came to the location to assist.

06.03.2014: 1912 UTC: Posn: 04:11N – 005:44E, around 30nm WxS of Brass, Nigeria.
Seven pirates in a speed boat approached a drifting supply vessel and hijacked it. They took the crew as hostage and used the vessel as a mother vessel to look for other vessels to hijack. After around 20 hours when no suitable vessel was found the pirates stole the crew and ship’s properties and escaped. Some crew who were beaten up during the hijack.

06.03.2014: 0130 UTC: Posn: 04:44.4S – 011:44.9E, Pointe Noire Anchorage, The Congo.
Two armed robbers boarded an anchored general cargo ship using a rope. They stole ship’s properties and escaped when the duty crew spotted them.

06.03.2014: 0500 LT: Posn : 01:11N – 103:26E, 3nm off Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with knives in a speed boat boarded a tanker underway. Alarm raised and crew alerted. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped immediately. Nothing stolen.

04.03.2014: 1915 UTC: Posn: 04:00.2N – 005:16.6E, Around 60nm WSW of Brass, Nigeria.
Armed pirates in two skiffs chased, fired upon and attempted to board a bulk carrier underway. The vessel raised the alarm and the non essential crew mustered in the citadel. Master increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and sent SSAS alert. Due to the hardening measures taken by the Master the pirates aborted the attempted attack and moved away. The vessel sustained bullet marks at the accommodation due to the firing.

01.03.2014: 0040 LT: Posn: 22:14N – 091:44E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Four robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier from the stern. Duty crew spotted the robbers, raised the alarm and escaped as the robbers chased them. All crew mustered and vessel reported to the Bangladesh Coast Guard who sent out a patrol boat. The robbers managed to escape and further checking around the vessel found nothing stolen.

28.02.2014: 1300 LT: Posn: 24:33N – 062:44E, Around 40nm SE off Gwadar, Pakistan.
A bulk carrier underway was chased by a skiff for approximately four hours. The vessel took evasive measures as per BMP4, reported to UKMTO and headed toward the Pakistani coast for assistance. The Pakistani navy deployed a naval asset which located the skiff and detained the suspected pirates.

24.02.2014: 2245 LT: Posn: 22:15.8N – 091:43.2E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
Ten robbers in an unlit wooden boat armed with knives approached an anchored chemical tanker. Two robbers boarded the tanker using grappling hooks and stole ship’s stores and property. The duty A/B noticed the robbers and informed the bridge. Alarm raised, ships whistle sounded and crew rushed to the location. Seeing the alert crew, the robbers jumped overboard with the stolen items and escaped in their boat with their accomplices.

23.02.2014: 1430 LT: Posn: 01:11N – 103:34E, Singapore Straits.
20 robbers in six fishing boats approached and came alongside a laden barge under tow. 10 robbers boarded the barge and began to steal the cargo of scrap iron. Master raised alarm and reported to VTIS Central, Singapore. The robbers escaped after two hours of stealing the cargo from the barge. At 1940 LT, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency team (MMEA) boarded the tug and barge for investigation.

20.02.2014: 0150 LT: Posn: 04:54.0S – 011:49.2E, Pointe Noire Anchorage, The Congo.
Robbers boarded an anchored supply ship using a piece of rope. They stole ship’s properties and escaped when the duty crew spotted them.

19.02.2014: 0445 LT: Posn: 03:57N – 005:18E, 26nm SW of Pennington Oil Terminal, Nigeria.
Six pirates in a small boat approached a tanker under way and tried to hook on a boarding ladder. Alarm raised and vessel immediately started taking evasive manoeuvres. The pirates tried to hook on the ladder several times at different positions along the port and starboard quarters. The on board armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the pirates aborting the attempt and moving away.

14.02.2014: 2030 LT: Posn: 05:59.9S – 106:55.6E, Jakarta Roads, Indonesia.
Duty A/B on routine rounds on board an anchored container ship noticed an unlit small wooden boat quickly leaving the stern of the ship. The A/B immediately informed the bridge and the Master raised the alarm. On searching the vessel it was found that engine room stores had been stolen.

13.02.2014: 1430 UTC: Posn: 01:07N – 044:34E, 3NM North of Barawe, Somalia.
Five persons armed with guns chased and fired upon a Ro-Ro vessel underway. The on board armed security team returned fire and after around 20 minutes the persons aborted the attempt and moved away. On deck containers sustained minor bullet hole damage. Vessel and crew safe.

10.02.2014: 0330 LT: Posn: 01:21.3N – 104:41.5E, Around 10nm NE of Tg. Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Six robbers armed with guns and long knives in a small boat approached and boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty oiler noticed the robbers in the engine room and informed the D/O on the bridge. Alarm raised, ship’s whistle sounded, SSAS activated and all crew mustered on the bridge. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers were seen exiting the engine room and escaping in their boat. Crew searched the vessel and found nothing stolen.

10.02.2014: 0400-0500 LT: Posn: 17:37N – 083:24E, Visakhapatnam Anchorage, India.
Robbers boarded an anchored LPG Tanker unnoticed and escaped with ship’s properties. Port Control informed.

08.02.2014: 0420 UTC: Posn: 12:24N – 043:32E, Gulf of Aden.
Twelve pirates in three skiff approached a general cargo ship under way. The skiffs approached at high speed from the port and starboard side and closed to around 500 meters from the ship. Possible ladder identified in a skiff. Alarm raised, authorities informed, crew mustered in the citadel and flares fired in the direction of the skiff. As the skiffs continued to approach the private armed security fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs stopping and aborting the approach.

07.02.2014: 2000 LT: Posn: 03:47N – 098:41E, Wharf 106, Belawan Port, Indonesia.
Four robbers boarded a Chemical Tanker at berth. Alert duty A/B noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Crew mustered and proceeded towards the forward store. Seeing the ship’s crew the robbers escaped with ship’s properties. Port Control informed.

06.02.2014: 0630 LT: Posn: 01:05N – 103:33E, Singapore Straits.
Seven robbers armed with knives boarded a container ship under way, entered the engine room and tied up the electrical officer. They then stole the engine spares as well as the electrical officers mobile phone. The electrician managed to untie himself and informed the bridge. Ship’s alarm raised and distress message sent out. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s spare part.

06.02.2014: 0615 LT: Posn: 01:03N – 103:36E, Singapore Straits.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded a general cargo ship under way, entered the engine room and aggressively approached the duty crew who immediately left the engine room and informed the bridge. Alarm raised, all crew mustered on the bridge and SSAS activated. Later a complete search of the vessel was carried out.

06.02.2014: 1055 LT: Posn: 04:01N – 005:01E, Around 75nm WSW of Brass, Nigeria.
Eight armed pirates in a speed boat chased a chemical tanker underway. The vessel raised alarm, made evasive manoeuvres, sent distress message and activated the SSAS alert. The pirates manoeuvred alongside the vessel, and boarded using a long ladder. The crew cut off the power in the ship and retreated into the citadel. After around five hours the crew emerged and noticed the pirates had used sledge hammers to break into stores and cabins. Ship’s communication equipment was also destroyed. The crew managed to start the emergency generators and other necessary machinery, informed the owners and sailed the vessel to Lagos.

05.02.2014: 2330 UTC: Posn : 03:46N – 006:24E: Around 30NM South East of Brass Terminal, Nigeria. Watchmen on a drifting tanker sighted a skiff with six persons armed with rifles approaching the vessel and looking for a way to board the vessel using a rope and hook. Alarm raised and SSAS alert activated. Seeing crew alertness the pirates aborted the attempt and moved away. Prior to the skiff approaching a vessel was noticed, via radar, stopping around 2nm from the tankers position.

05.02.2014: 0300 LT: Posn: 01:25N – 104:34E, Around 11nm North of Tg. Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored chemical tanker unnoticed. The duty watch on board during routine rounds noticed some foot prints in the engine room and immediately informed the OOW on the bridge who raised alarm and alerted the crew. On hearing the alarm the robbers escaped in their boat with the stolen stores.

05.02.2014: 2225 LT: Posn : 22:15N – 091:45E: Chittagong anchorage Bangladesh.
During routine rounds duty AB on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed four robbers near the stern lowering ship’s stores into two wooden boats with three robbers in each boat. Seeing the AB the robbers threatened him with knives. The AB escaped and informed the duty officer on the bridge who raised the alarm, alerted the crew and informed the coast guard. The coast guard arrived and boarded the vessel and interviewed the crew and promised to apprehend the robbers.

31.01.2014: Singapore Straits.
Robbers boarded a barge under tow, broke open two containers and escaped with some cargo. The theft was only noticed by the tug’s crew after seven days while handing over the barge at the destination port.

18.01.2014: Off Luanda anchorage, Angola.
Owners of a crude oil tanker reported their vessel missing from Luanda anchorage on 18 January 2014 and suspected the vessel to be hijacked. All communications with the vessel had been lost. On 26 January 2014 the Master made contact with the owners reporting that the vessel had been released. The pirates had stolen part of the cargo. One crew was reported injured during the hijacking.

17.01.2014: 1804 UTC: Posn: 15:06N – 054:23E (Around 115nm South of Salalah, Oman), Off Somalia.
Pirates in a skiff, launched from a mother vessel, approached and fired upon a product tanker underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed, altered course, activated SSAS, contacted UKMTO and the non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel. The on board armed security team returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack. A coalition helicopter came to the location to assist.

16.01.2014: 0400 LT: Dar Es Salaam Port, Tanzania.
While berthed robbers boarded a bulk carrier unnoticed, stole ship’s stores and escaped. Incident reported to the Port Authorities.

10.01.2014: Posn: 06:06.24S – 106:53.45E, Jakarta Container Terminal, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded a berthed container ship unnoticed and escaped with engine spares. The theft was noticed by the 3/E when the ship departed from the port.

09.01.2014: 1935 LT: Posn: 03:42.16S – 114:26.59E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Eight robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain. Alert watchman sighted and shouted for help and alerted the duty officer. Seeing the alert ship’s crew, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. Incident reported to the local authorities and the agents.

08.01.2014: 0215 LT: Posn: 06:20N – 010:48W, Monrovia Port, Liberia.
Duty watchman on board a berthed general cargo ship heard a loud noise near the stern. On approaching the location the watchman noticed a robber throwing ship’s properties overboard. Seeing the approaching crew the robber jumped overboard and escaped. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Upon investigation, it was found that the robber boarded the ship using a hook attached with a long pole and some ship’s properties were missing. Local Authorities informed and a port security patrol boat came for investigation and recovered some of the stolen properties that were adrift near the stern of the ship.

07.01.2014: 0018LT: Posn: 07:05S – 112:39.7E, Gresik Inner Anchorage, Indonesia.
Two robbers boarded an anchored Chemical tanker. They caught the duty watch keeper, threatened him with a knife and stole ship’s stores. When robbers were noticed, alarm raised and crew mustered resulting in the robbers escaping. All crew safe.

07.01.2014: 0610 LT: Posn: 04:02.5N – 009:40.7E, Douala Port, Cameroon.
Three robbers armed with knives boarded a berthed container ship. Duty A/B noticed some suspicious movements at the forecastle and saw one end of a mooring rope floating in the water. D/O was informed and the alarm was raised. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped in their wooden boat. Crew managed to recover the mooring rope. Port Authorities informed.

06.01.2014: 1515 LT: 03:55.25N – 098:46.72E, Belawan Outer Anchorage, Indonesia.
Six robbers armed with knives boarded a chemical tanker at anchor via the anchor chain. Alert crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping in their wooden boat without stealing anything. Ships in the vicinity alerted via VHF Ch 16.

03.01.2014: 0530 LT: Posn: 03:57N – 098:47E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker, stole ship’s properties and escaped unnoticed. Incident reported to Port Authorities.

03.01.2014: 0340 LT: Posn: 00:17.15S – 117:40.15E, Muara Berau Anchorage,Samarinda, Indonesia.
Three robbers armed with a gun boarded a bulk carrier carrying out loading operations at anchor. They took hostage the duty A/B on routine rounds, tied him up and stole his personal effects. The robbers then broke into the forecastle store, stole ship’s property and escaped. The A/B managed to untie himself and reported the incident to the duty officer.

02.01.2014: 0020 LT: 00:59N – 008:23E: Around 55nm west of Corisco island, Gabon
Five pirates boarded a drifting gas carrier. Alert crew raised the alarm and blew the ships horn resulting in the pirates escaping. Master reported that there were a few tugboats and unlit fishing vessels without AIS in the vicinity.

16.12.2013: 2000 LT: Posn: 00:06S – 117:34E, Santan Anchorage, Indonesia.
One person boarded an anchored crude oil tanker. Alert duty watchman notified the bridge and alarm raised resulting in the robber escaping. Crew mustered and searched the ship. All crew safe and no ship stores reported stolen.

12.12.2013: 0600 LT: Posn: 01:06N – 103:37E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three to four robbers boarded an anchored tanker via the stern. They were immediately spotted by the duty officer who raised the alarm. Seeing crew alertness, the robbers escaped in their boat. A through search of the vessel showed that no stores and valuables were stolen. All access to accommodation, engine room and stores were locked and secured.

10.12.2013: 0120 LT: Posn: 01:25.2N – 104:41.5E, Off Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Five robbers boarded an anchored tanker while crew were busy performing tank cleaning procedures. 2/E on duty in the engine room noticed the robbers and informed bridge who raised the alarm. The robbers escaped immediately upon hearing the alarm with stolen engine spares.

09.12.2013: 0348 UTC: Posn: 12:52.5N – 047:52.4E, Gulf of Aden.
Five pirates armed with guns in a skiff approached a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, activated fire hoses, sounded ship’s horn, took evasive manoeuvres and non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel. The on-board armed security team took their position and showed their weapons but the skiff continued to approach the ship even after the armed team fired a warning flare towards the skiff. The security team fired warning shots as the skiff closed to the ship. The pirates responded by engaging the ship with small fire arms and the security team returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack. A military helicopter came to the location for assistance.

09.12.2013: 0330 UTC: Posn: 12:50N – 047:49E, Gulf of Aden.
Five pirates armed with guns in a skiff approached and fired upon a tanker underway. Master raised alarm, activated fire hoses, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and contacted UKMTO for assistance. The on-board armed security team took their position and showed their weapons resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack. A military helicopter came to the location for assistance and patrolled the area.

07.12.2013: 0530 LT: Posn : 01:07N – 103:35E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored tanker during STS operations. Duty Engineer spotted the robbers near the ECR and quickly raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed.

05.12.2013: 2100 LT: Posn : 03:43S – 114:25E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
A robber tried to boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the hawse pipe. Duty crew on routine round saw the robber and immediately informed the OOW who raised the alarm resulting in the robber escaping without stealing anything.

04.12.2013: 1955 LT: Posn : 22:47N – 070:05E, Kandla Anchorage, India.
Three robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. OOW spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing alerted crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship property.

02.12.2013: 0130 LT: Off Norway Island, Haiphong, Vietnam.
Robbers boarded, stole ship property and escaped unnoticed from a drifting container vessel. The theft was noticed by the duty crew during routine rounds.

01.12.2013: 0512 LT: Posn: 01:06N – 103:38E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia.
One robber armed with a knife boarded an anchored tanker during STS operations. The duty O/S on routine rounds noticed the robber and informed the OOW. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robber escaped empty handed in a wooden boat.

29.11.2013: 0410 LT: 01:06N – 103:36E: Nipah anchorage, Indonesia.
While at anchor, a speed boat approached an anchored tanker. Alert crew spotted the boat and raised the alarm resulting in the boat aborting the attack and moving away.

27.11.2013: 0438 LT: Posn: 01:06N – 103:38E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers with knives boarded an anchored crude oil tanker. Duty A/B on routine rounds noticed the robber near the paint store and informed the OOW who raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robber escaped without stealing anything.

27.11.2013: 0410 LT: Off Bintan Island, Indonesia.
While at anchor, deck watchmen noticed robbers boarding the vessel from the stern. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers aborted and escaped. Nothing stolen.

25.11.2013: 0200 LT: Posn: Container Terminal, Mombasa Port, Kenya.
Robbers boarded a berthed container during cargo operations unnoticed stole ship stores and escaped. The robbery was noticed during routine rounds by the duty crew

24.11.2013: 0300 LT: 01:42N – 101:29E, Dumai anchorage, Indonesia.
While at anchor a wooden boat approached a chemical tanker at anchor. Robbers attempted to board the vessel via the poop deck and were spotted by alert crew who raised the alarm and started the fire pump. On seeing the crew alertness the robbers aborted the attempt and moved away.

24.11.2013: 0300 LT: Posn: 04:45.6S – 011:49.9E, Pointe Noire, The Congo.
An offshore tug at anchor was boarded by a robber. Alert duty watchman sighted the robber and alerted the duty officer who raised the alarm. On seeing the alerted crew the robber jumped overboard and escaped with ship’s stores. All crew safe.

23.11.2013: 0400 LT: Posn: 05:59.30S – 106:55.10E, Tg Priok Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers with knives boarded an anchored general cargo ship. The robbers entered the engine room through the boiler platform located on the poop deck. One of the robbers took hostage the motor man while the remaining two robbers stole engine spares and escaped. Port Authorities were informed.

23.11.2013: 1220 LT : Posn: 03:55N – 098:45E, Belawan anchorage, Indonesia.
While at anchor, duty officer on bridge noticed one robber escaping from the vessel. Upon investigation it was discovered that the robber had managed to get access to the forecastle store and had stolen ship equipment.

22.11.2013: 0430 – 0600 LT: Dumai Port, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded a berthed product tanker unnoticed during cargo operations. They stole engine spares and escaped. The theft was noticed during routine rounds by the duty crew.

21.11.2013: 0300 LT: Posn: 22:38N – 069:53E, Sikka Crude Oil Anchorage, India.
Robbers boarded an anchored crude oil tanker via the hawse pipe, stole ship’s stores, equipment and escaped unnoticed. Port Control was informed.

21.11.2013: 0240 LT: Posn: 22:39N – 069:55E, Sikka Crude Oil Anchorage, India.
Eight robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored crude oil tanker. The OOW immediately raised the alarm and alerted the crew. The robbers were observed to be throwing ship’s property into their boat even after the alarm was raised. Seeing this the Master made an announcement indicating that the coast guard were on their way and upon hearing that, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with the stolen ship’s properties. Port Authorities informed.

19.11.2013: 0328 LT: Freetown Port, Sierra Leone.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored chemical tanker and stole ship property. The deck watchman was attacked and held hostage during the robbery. Incident reported to port authority who sent a team for investigation.

16.11.2013: 1300 LT: Posn: 03:54.8N – 098:46.6E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty OOW on board and anchored product tanker noticed a small wooden boat near the vessel. He informed the crew members who searched the vessel and noticed a robber stealing ship stores. Seeing the alert crew the robber jumped overboard and escaped.

14.11.2013: 0345 LT: Posn: 01:23N – 104:42E, Around 11nm NE of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Seven robbers boarded an anchored tanker unnoticed and entered the engine room. Duty oiler noticed the robbers during his routine rounds and he informed the duty engineer who raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with ship’s stores. All crew safe.

09.11.2013: 1400 UTC: Posn: 07:19.8S – 048:36.7E, Around 180nm NW of Providence Island, Off Somalia.
About five to six pirates armed with rifles in a skiff approached a chemical tanker underway. OOW raised the alarm and the armed security team on board fired rocket flares followed by warning shots. The skiff closed to a distance of 200 meters and fired upon the tanker. Master increased speed, activated SSAS, sent distress message, fire hoses activated and the non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. The on board security team exchanged fire with the pirates resulting in the skiff aborting the attack.

09.11.2013: 0250 LT: Posn: 03:40S – 114:26E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier unnoticed. They broke into the bosun store and escaped with ship’s stores and properties. The theft was noticed by the duty crew during routine rounds.

08.11.2013: 0250 LT: Posn: 10:39.27N – 107:01.11E, Gas-PVC Phuc Thai Jetty, Go Dau, Vietnam.
Three robbers armed with a gun and knives boarded a berthed LPG Tanker. The alert crew sounded the alarm and all crew mustered. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with ship’s stores in a waiting wooden boat along with their two accomplices. Port control informed.

08.11.2013: 0225 LT: Posn: 01:43S – 116:38E, Adang Bay Anchorage, Indonesia.
Six robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. The duty A/B found the robbers and alerted the D/O who raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping empty handed.

07.11.2013: 0330 LT: Posn: 01:20N – 103:18E, Around 7.3nm West of Pulau Kukup, Malaysia.
A product tanker was boarded and hijacked by five armed hijackers who tied up all the crew members and held them hostage in one cabin. Later they ordered the Master to steer the ship to a pre-designated position where another unknown orange hull tanker came alongside. The C/O and the bosun were forced to operate the mooring winches and then the cargo pumps and valves to transfer oil into the unknown tanker. Prior to leaving the hijacked tanker, crew personal belongs were also stolen.

06.11.2013: 0330 UTC: Posn: 05:40S – 046:59E (About 450nm ESE of Mombasa, Kenya), Off Somalia.
One skiff with five heavily armed pirates approached a product tanker underway. Alarm was raised, crew alerted, fire pumps started, speed increased, evasive manoeuvres made, SSAS alert activated and authorities were informed. The pirates fired at the tanker and the armed security on board returned fire. The skiff aborted the attack and moved away.

04.11.2013: 1230 LT: Posn: 03:54N – 098:46E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty crew on board an anchored chemical tanker spotted two boats nearby. Robbers attempted to board the tanker via anchor chain but alert crew thwarted the boarding. The second boat was hidden near the propeller and the crew could not chase them away with fire hoses. The propeller was turned on resulting in the robbers moving away. The robbers were sported with some stolen hull anodes in their boat. Port Control informed.

02.11.2013: 0330 LT: Posn: 21:40N – 088:01E, Sagar Anchorage, India.
15 armed robbers boarded an anchored container ship. D/O noticed the robbers stealing ship’s stores and raised the alarm. Seeing the alert crew the robbers jumped overboard and escaped.

30.10.2013: 0345 LT: Posn: 01:21.2N – 104:24.3E: Off Horsburgh Light house, Singapore Straits.
Five robbers armed with guns and long knives boarded an asphalt tanker underway, unnoticed. They took hostage the OOW and duty AB and tied up their hands. The robbers took the OOW to has cabin and stole personal belongings and cash and then targeted and stole belongings from four other crew cabins before escaping.

30.10.2013: 0345 LT: Posn: 22:49N – 70:05E, Around 2.5 nm SW of Outer Tuna Buoy, Kandla Anchorage, India.
During routine rounds duty A/B on board an anchored chemical tanker noticed two robbers boarding the vessel near the mid-ship store. He immediately informed the OOW who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship stores. A total of five robbers were seen escaping on the boat. Kandla port authority who relayed incident information to coast guard.

28.10.2013: 2300 LT: Posn : 21:49.9N – 091:38.2E, Chittagong Outer Roads, Bangladesh.
Duty A/B on board an anchored container ship noticed five to six robbers at the poop deck during routine rounds. He immediately informed bridge and the alarm was raised. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with ship’s stores in their unlit boat.

27.10.2013: 1415 LT: Posn: 03:56N – 098:45E, Belawan Outer Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three skiffs approached an anchored chemical tanker from the aft, forward and mid-ship. From the aft skiff three robbers boarded the vessel and stole ship’s properties. Alert crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping. Port authority was informed.

26.10.2013: 2030 LT: Posn: 03:40N – 103:55E, Around 35nm ESE of Kuantan Port, Malaysia.
Two speed boats approached and tried to come alongside a chemical tanker underway. Duty Officer raised alarm and all crew mustered. Master activated the SSAS, switched on all deck lights and altered course away from land. Seeing the crew alertness and actions the boats aborted the attempted boarding and moved away. All crew safe.

23.10.2013: 0025 LT: Posn: 07:05S – 112:39E, Gresik Anchorage, Indonesia.
Two robbers in a small unlit boat approached and boarded an anchored tanker. Alert crew on watch noticed the robbers near the forecastle, raised the alarm and sounded the forward horn resulting in the robbers jumping overboard and escaping without stealing anything.

22.10.2013: 0330 LT: Posn: 01:42.8N – 101:26,4E, Dumai Inner Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored chemical tanker via the stern. Alert deck watch crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping empty-handed. All crew safe. Local agent informed.

22.10.2013: 2215 LT: Posn: 22:49.8N – 070:06.3E, Kandla Anchorage, India.
Seven robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored LPG Carrier. They forced open the forward store and stole ship’s property. Duty crew on watch noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. The robbers threatened the crew with knives and then jumped overboard and escaped. Port Authorities were informed.

22.10.2013: 0450 LT: Posn: 03:47N – 098:46E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
An anchored chemical tanker was boarded by robbers unnoticed. Duty crew on routine rounds notice the mid-ship store lock broken and ship’s stores stolen. Port Authorities were informed.

21.10.2013: 0300 LT: 01:22N – 104:42E: About 12nm NE of Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Six armed robbers boarded a tug unnoticed and stole engine room spares and crew personal belongings. Master saw the robbers in the crew messroom and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping in their small wooden boat. No injuries to crew.

20.10.2013: 0400 LT: Posn: 18:24.1N – 070:01.4W, Rio Haina Refidomsa, Dominican Republic.
Two robbers boarded a LPG Carrier moored to buoys. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers lowering the rescue boat’s engine. Alarm sounded and the robbers immediately left the engine and escaped. The crew got hold of the line used to lower the engine and retrieved it. Further inspection revealed a few items from the rescue boat were missing. Local agent and Mooring Master were informed.

20.10.2013: 0630 LT: Posn: 17:36.1N – 083:26.2E, Visakhapatnam Anchorage, India.
Three robbers boarded an anchored tanker, stole ship’s stores and escaped when spotted by the duty crew.

19.10.2013: 0300 LT: Posn: 06:48.8N – 058:10.2W, Georgetown, Guyana.
Four robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They threatened the duty crew on the forecastle deck, slapped him and forced him to open the forecastle store. As per routine procedure the duty officer called the deck watch keeper and when no response received he raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew members the robbers escaped with stolen items in one boat waiting for them. The Port Authority called but no response received.

19.10.2013: 0415 LT: Posn: 00:14S – 117.33E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Indonesia.
Six robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain. The robbers took hostage two duty watchmen, tied them up and stole their personal belongings. After 45 minutes, the 2/O on routine deck rounds noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores.

19.10.2013: 0330 LT: Posn: 01:25.0N – 104:34.5E, Around 11nm North of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Three robbers in a boat approached and boarded an anchored tanker. Duty crew noticed the robbers in the engine room, raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped empty handed in their boat. MPA Singapore informed.

15.10.2013: 2050 LT: Posn: 19:49 S – 034:50E, Berth No.5, Beira Port, Mozambique.
Three robbers armed with knives approached a berthed container ship in a small wooden boat. One of the robbers boarded the ship and was noticed. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The robber jumped overboard with some ship’s stores and escaped in their boat. Port Authority was informed.

12.10.2013: 2000 LT: Posn: 06:00.9S – 106:53.5E, Jakarta Tanker Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers in a small boat approached and boarded an anchored chemical tanker. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers and shouted at them resulting in the robbers escaping empty handed in their boat.

11.10.2013: 0920 UTC: Posn: 04:39N – 052:19E, Around 230nm East of Hobyo, Somalia.
Pirates in two skiffs approached a tanker underway. Master raised alarm, sounded ship’s whistle, increased speed and crew mustered. The on board armed security team took their position and fired warning rocket flares as the skiffs closed to a distance of 3nm and then 2nm. The skiffs ignored the warning flares and continued their approach. As one skiff closed to a distance of 400m and the armed team fired a warning shot. This was also ignored by the pirates who continued to approach. When a second warning shot was fired at a distance of 250meters the skiff stopped and returned fire with an automatic weapon. The armed team retaliated resulting in the skiffs aborting the attack and moving away.

10.10.2013: 0315 LT: Posn: 00:15.3N – 117:41.3E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Five robbers armed with long knives boarded a bulk carrier at anchor. One crew was held hostage while they broke into a storage and took some ship’s stores. OOW alerted, alarm raised and crew proceeded towards forecastle. On seeing alert crew, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. No injuries to crew.

07.10.2013: 0345 LT: Posn: 01:05.5N – 103:28.2E, Karimun Transhipment Anchorage, Indonesia.
Five robbers boarded an anchored tanker during STS operations via the poop deck and were noticed attempting to enter the accommodation. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers made threatening gestures to the crew, jumped overboard and escaped in their unlit boat with an orange superstructure. The mooring master and the other STS vessel was informed as well. Detailed search on both vessels indicated that the robbers had boarded both vessels. Port control informed.

06.10.2013: 0242 LT: Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty crew on board an anchored tanker, preparing for STS operations, noticed some suspicious boats near aft of the vessel. As he approached closer he found portable ladders rigged along the ship side and some robbers attempting to board. He immediately alerted the OOW, raised the alarm and all crew proceed towards the poop deck. See the alert crew the robbers aborted their attempt to board the vessel and moved away. The vessel alongside and all other vessels were alerted.

06.10.2013: 0410 LT: Posn: 01:08.71N – 103:35.51E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia.
Six robbers in black attire were seen on board an anchored tanker trying to find a way into the accommodation. Alert D/O raised the alarm and sounded ship’s whistle. On hearing the alarm, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped in their wooden boat with an orange canopy. Vessels in the vicinity alerted via VHF. Crew mustered, head count taken and search carried out.

05.10.2013: 0040 LT: Santan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers armed with knives boarded an anchorage tanker awaiting cargo operations. Duty crew noticed movements at the forecastle, informed bridge and proceeded towards the forecastle to investigate. Duty officer raised alarm and crew mustered. Upon reaching the forecastle the robbers threatened the crews with long knives and escaped and the crew were successfully able to retrieve the stores which the robbers were trying to steal. Port authorities informed but no respond received. The incidents was reported to the local police via ship’s agent.

01.10.2013: 0355 LT: Batam Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers in a wooden boat approached and boarded an anchored chemical tanker. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and all crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers threatened the duty crew with a long knife and escaped in their wooden boat. Nothing was reported stolen.

27.09.2013: 1440 LT: Posn: 03:58N – 098:45E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Five robbers in a wooden boat approached an anchored tanker. One robber managed to board via the hawse pipe. Duty seaman noticed him, raised alarm and crew alerted. The robber on sensing the crew alertness escaped in the waiting boat with his accomplices. Nothing was stolen.

26.09.2013: 0200 LT: Samarinda Anchorage, Indonesia.
Eight robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier at anchor, stole ship’s stores and escaped. All crew safe.

23.09.2013: 2115 LT: Posn: 04:52N – 104:05E, Around 22nm ENE of Pulau Tenggul, Malaysia.
Eight pirates wearing masks armed with a hand gun and long knives in a high speed craft approached and boarded an offshore supply tug underway. They took hostage all crew members, tied them up and stole their personal belongings. After about three hours, the pirates left the vessel. Crew managed to free themselves and the Master reported the incident to the owners. Vessel returned to the port of departure where the Authorities boarded the vessel for investigation. Master reports a possibility of a mother vessel in the vicinity.

21.09.2013: 2230 LT: Jakarta Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty crew on board an anchored tanker noticed five robbers disembarking the vessel and escaping in a small unlit boat near the stern. Alarm raised and all crew mustered. Upon searching the vessel it was observed that the robbers had gained access probably during the watch change over time, entered the engine room and stolen ship stores. Police complaint lodged by the vessel.

16.09.2013: 0310 LT: Posn: 07:09.9S – 112:40.2E, Gresik Port, Indonesia.
A robber boarded a berthed chemical tanker while crew were busy connecting the cargo hoses. The robber broke into the paint store and stole ship’s stores. Duty A/B noticed the robber and informed the D/O who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm, the robber escaped with the stolen stores in a boat.

15.09.2013: 0140 LT: Nipah anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty crew on board an anchored tanker noticed four robbers on the poop deck. Duty officer was informed, alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing alerted crew the robbers escaped.

04.09.2013: 1515 LT: Posn: 04:11N – 005:34E, 4 nm south of Pennington oil terminal, Nigeria.
A speedboat approached a chemical tanker underway with intent to board. The 2/o raised the alarm, alerted the crew and made evasive manoeuvres to prevent the boarding. The pirates tried to board the vessel using hooks attached to a rope. The on-board security team fired warning shots at the boat and the pirates retaliated by returning fire. Facing resistance, the pirates aborted the attempt to board the vessel.

03.09.2013: 1410 UTC: Posn: 10:13N – 107:02E, Vung Tau Anchorage, Vietnam.
Six robbers disguised as fishermen boarded a chemical tanker at anchor. Duty A/B noticed the robbers and informed bridge. Alarm raised and crew moved forward. On seeing the alert crew, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with ship’s stores. All crew safe.

28.08.2013: 2330 LT: Posn: 20:56N – 107:19E, Cam Pha Anchorage, Vietnam.
Six robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain and hawse pipe by removing the cover and anchor lashing. They cut open the padlock to the forecastle store and stole ship’s properties. Duty officer noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped with stolen ship stores. Incident reported to the local police who boarded the ship for investigation.

27.08.2013: 2025 LT: Posn: 22:11N – 091:42E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
16 robbers in two boats approached an anchored container ship. Five robbers armed with long knives boarded the ship and began to lower ship’s stores into their boats. Duty officer noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with stolen ship stores. Incident reported to the coast guard.

23.08.2013: 1125 LT: Belawan Port, Indonesia.
Three robbers in a motor boat approached a berthed live stock carrier. Two robbers boarded the ship while the other robber remained in the boat. Duty crew noticed that the robbers were stealing ship’s properties and reported to the D/O who raised the alarm and alerted the crew. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with the stolen properties. Incident reported to Belawan Port Authority which dispatched a coast guard patrol boat to investigate.

15.08.2013: 0240 UTC: Lagos anchorage, Nigeria.
About 8 – 10 robbers in a speed boat tried to place a hook to the tanker’s railing. They were spotted by the crew and alarm was raised. Other ships were informed on VHF Radio. The boat moved away. Local authorities were informed and a naval patrol arrived at the location and conducted a search.

12.08.2013: 0330 LT: 06:19N – 003:27E: Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
About 11 pirates armed with guns boarded and hijacked a chemical tanker at anchor. They stole crew personal belongings and caused minor injuries to crew members. On the 13.08.2013 the vessel was released and safely arrived at Lagos anchorage.

11.08.2013: 0005 LT: Posn: 06:18N – 003:26E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
Robbers in a small skiff approached an anchored product tanker. Master raised the alarm, all crew mustered and the armed guards on board fired warning shots resulting in the skiff moving away.

10.08.2013: 2345 LT: Posn: 00:16.0S – 117:36.3E, Samarinda Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers in boiler suits boarded an anchored bulk carrier awaiting for the cargo barge. The robbers held the 3/O who was on routine rounds at the forecastle. They hit him and threatened him with a knife while another five robbers boarded the ship, broke the hatch cover with pipes and crowbars and began to steal ship’s stores. The robbers escaped in a speed boat with the stolen stores and the 3/O personal belongings upon seeing duty crew approaching the forecastle. Upon investigation it was found that the robbers boarded the ship by breaking the hawse pipe security steel grill /cover bolt and nut lock.

02.08.2013: 0415 LT: 01:06N – 103:38E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty AB on board a tanker noticed a robber outside the accommodation. He immediately retreated into the bridge and informed the Duty officer who raised the alarm. Seeing crew alertness the robber was seen escaping. On carrying out a search it was noticed that the robber had tried to enter the steering gear room but as it was locked from the inside the robber did not have access and escaped empty handed. All crew safe.

31.07.2013: 2300 UTC: Posn: 05:13.0N – 004:03.12W, Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast.
Robbers boarded a bulk carrier at anchor using a long pole with a hook. The crew spotted them and raised alarm. On hearing this, robbers escaped on a wooden boat. All crew safe and nothing stolen.

31.07.2013: 0200 LT: Berth No. 49, Alexandria Port, Egypt.
An AB on duty noticed a robber inside the Bosun forward store. He immediately informed the Duty Officer. The store was inspected and could not find the robber. Upon checking, it was found a life raft in the store had been opened and damaged.

30.07.2013:1345 LT: Posn: 03:31N – 006:05E, Around 45nm South of Brass, Nigeria.
A gunboat claiming to be a Nigerian navy boat called a chemical tanker on VHF and asked details of vessel, cargo, last and next ports. This information was passed to the gun boat. After around 15 minutes the gun boat approached the vessel at high speed and demanded that the vessel be stopped and boarding permitted. Master informed that he would not be stopping as the area was high risk for piracy attacks. The gun boat threatened and followed the vessel for 20 minutes and then fired two shots in the air. Master immediately raised alarm over VHF and requested ships in the vicinity to relay its message to port control which was not responding to its calls. On hearing the VHF alarm the gun boat moved away.

29.07.2013: 0412 LT: 01:06.3N – 104:10.9E: Tanjung Uban, Indonesia.
Duty AB on board a LPG tanker noticed about eight robbers armed with knives boarding the vessel from the poop deck. Duty Officer was informed, alarm raised. All crew stayed inside the accommodation until police agents arrived and boarded the vessel. Together with police a search was carried out and found no robbers on board and that nothing had been stolen.

27.07.2013: 1612 LT: Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh.
While at anchor waiting for berthing instructions duty crew on routine patrol noticed a robber lowering ropes into a waiting boat. He ran into the accommodation and informed the duty officer who raised alarm and crew were mustered. When crew approached the stern, the robbers cut off the loose rope and escaped in the boat. Authorities informed.

27.07.2013: 1725 LT: 07:05S – 112:39E, Gresik Inner Anchorage, Indonesia.
While at anchor, unidentified persons were spotted at the forecastle paint store entrance. Alarm raised and crew alerted. On approaching the forecastle, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped in a small boat. Ship’s stores stolen.

27.07.2013: 0305 LT: 29:50N – 032:34E, Suez Anchorage, Egypt.
Robbers boarded a container ship at anchor. Crew spotted one of them and raised the alarm. The robbers escaped and nothing was stolen.

25.07.2013: 0340 LT: 01:18N – 104:41E, Around 8nm NE of Tanjung Berakit, Indonesia.
About six pirates in a speed boat armed with knives boarded a tug towing a barge. They entered crew cabins and took hostage all crew members, tied them up and locked them in a cabin. They then stole crew and ship properties and escaped.

24.07.2013: 2300 LT: Posn: 01:16N – 104:37E, Around 3nm NE of Tanjung Berakit, Indonesia.
About seven pirates in a speed boat armed with knives boarded a tug underway. They took hostage all the crew members, tied up their hands, stole their cash and personal belongings and escaped.

24.07.2013: 1045 LT: Posn: 22:48N – 070:03E, Kandla Anchorage, India.
An A/B and a deck cadet, who were carrying out routine work on the forecastle of an anchored chemical tanker, noticed three small boats approaching. The A/B immediately informed the D/O. The boats started distracting the ship’s crew by asking them to buy their fish. The A/B and the cadet checked on the other side of the vessel and observed that two robbers from another boat were in the process of getting on board while another was already on board. The D/O raised the alarm and sounded the ship’s whistle, resulting in the robbers jumping overboard and escaping in their boat. Port Authorities and vessels in the vicinity were informed.

21.07.2013: 0200 LT: Nha Be Terminal, Vietnam.
Five robbers in a small boat approached a berthed product tanker. Two robbers armed with knives managed to board the tanker using a rope while the remaining robbers remained in their boat. Duty A/B, on deck watch, noticed the robbers and informed the duty officer who raised the alarm. Crew mustered and approached the robbers with wooden sticks. Upon seeing the crew alertness, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped empty handed.

18.07.2013: 0150 UTC : Posn: 06:05N – 001:17E: Lome anchorage, Togo,
Duty Officer on board an anchored bulk carrier spotted an unlit skiff with 5-6 persons approaching. The D/O directed the ship search light towards the skiff, raised the alarm, activated the fire hoses and called the Togo navy. It was observed that the robbers, with hoods pulled over their heads, were attempting to board the vessel using a pole and hook. Three flares were fired in the direction of the skiff. Seeing the crew alertness the robbers aborted the attempt and moved away. During the incident another two skiffs were observed close to the vessel. Later a navy boat arrived at location.

16.07.2013: 1530 UTC: Posn: 13:28N – 043:01E, Red Sea.
D/O on board a chemical tanker underway noticed a number of echoes at a distance of around 3nm on the radar. The on board security team took their position and non essential crew mustered in the citadel. The D/O and guards noticed three skiffs, in between 16 skiffs, approaching with weapons and RPG with a CPA of one cable. Ship’s whistle was sounded but the skiffs continued their approach and the security team fired warning flares resulting in the skiffs moving away.

16.07.2013: 0430 LT: Posn: 05:29N – 001:38E, Around 46nm SSE of Lome, Togo.
Armed pirates in two speed boats approached and boarded and hijacked a product tanker. They took hostage all crew members, stole their personal belongings and ordered the Master to sail south and then north towards the Togo/Benin border where they disembarked and escaped via a speedboat, 12nm from the coastline. The Togo Navy was informed about the hijacking and a patrol boat was dispatched which escorted the tanker to Lome anchorage for investigation. Two crew members were injured during the incident and were transferred to a clinic for medical attention.

15.07.2013: 0552 LT: 00:26.49S – 008:51.45E, Off Port Gentil , Gabon.
Pirates boarded and hijacked a tanker underway. All authorities in the region were informed and kept updated of the incident by the IMB PRC. The vessel was released on 22 July 2013 off Nigeria. All crew safe.

13.06.2013: 0200 LT: Posn: 06:01.4N – 001:18.3E, Lome Anchorage, Togo.
Armed robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker and took the duty officer hostage to the Masters cabin. When the Master opened the cabin door the robbers hit the Master on the face and ordered to muster the crew on the bridge. Once the crew were mustered on the bridge one of the younger robbers was very violent and beat the crew as well as broke a glass on one of the crews head. The robbers asked the Master and the C/O about the cargo in the tanks and when the Master replied that the vessel was in ballast the robbers again beat the Master and asked him to weigh anchor and proceed south. At around 0315 LT, the robbers speed boat returned with more people. At around 0500 LT, the tanker sailed towards Lagos and the robbers appeared to be negotiating on the satellite phone. They then ordered the Master to use the tanker to approach other vessels in the area and they asked the crew to fabricate a ladder in facilitate the boarding. On 16 Jun, the robbers took two crew members and disembarked from the tanker with the rescue boat taking along ship’s cash, crew cash and personal belongings. The crew were released once later. Three crew members injured during the incident. Incident reported to Togo and French Authorities.

12.07.2013: 0130 LT: Posn: 03:13N – 104:58E: Around 35nm WNW of Anambas Islands, South China Sea.
About eight pirates armed with guns and long knives in a speed boat boarded a tug underway. They cut off the cables for the communication equipment, stole crew properties, cash money and escaped. One crew has been reported missing.

This is a suspicious incident and will not appear in the IMB statistics.
10.07.2013: 0330 UTC: Posn: 06:17.8N – 003:21.2E, Around 5.4nm SW of Fairway Buoy, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
Armed security personal on board an anchored chemical tanker noticed a small boat with unknown number of persons approaching. As the boat continued its approach to within 50meters of the vessel the armed team fired one warning shot resulting in the boat moving away.

10.07.2013: 0345 LT: Posn: 03:02N – 104:18E: Around 12nm NNE of Pulau Tioman, Malaysia.
About eight pirates armed with guns and knives boarded a tanker underway. They ordered the C/E to reduce speed to minimum and then mustered all the crew including the bridge and engine room watch officers in the mess room where they tied up the crews hands. The pirates then stole all crew and ship properties and cash and left the ship an hour later. Ship’s crew regained control of the vessel and sailed to Kemaman port. No injuries to the crew.

08.07.2013: 0330 LT: Posn: 13:10N – 043:06E, Bab El Mandeb Strait, Red Sea.
Armed security team on board a bulk carrier underway noticed two skiffs near the stern of the vessel at a distance of 5-10 meters. Alarm sounded and armed team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs moving away.

07.07.2013: 0455 LT: Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker during STS operations. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping in their boat. Cargo operations stopped and all crew were mustered. Cargo operations resumed only after a through search of the vessel.

04.07.2013: 0950 UTC: Posn: 12:59N – 043:06E, Bab El Mandeb Straits, Red Sea.
Two suspicious skiffs with seven to eight persons approached a bulk carrier and closed to four cables. It was observed that the skiffs had machine guns and long sticks however no ladders were sighted. Alarm raised and vessel increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and activated fire hoses. All non essential crew retreated into the citadel. The on board armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs moving away.

04.07.2013: 1945 LT: Posn: 03:40.8S-114:25.3E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers in a boat boarded an anchored bulk carrier near the forward part of the vessel. Alert duty crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping empty handed. Port authorities informed. All crew safe.

01.07.2013: 2000 LT-2400 LT: Posn: Singapore Straits
During routine rounds the crew on board a tug towing a barge transiting Singapore Straits noticed vessel’s properties missing from the barge. Authorities informed.

30.06.2013: 0400 LT: POSN: 22:58.75N – 070:14.00, Kandla Inner Anchorage, India.
Three to four robbers in a boat boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty Officer noticed the boarding and immediately raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm the robbers escaped in their waiting boat. Upon investigation it was discovered that ship stores were stolen. Port control informed.

27.06.2013: 1220 LT: Posn: 06:01.2S –106:53.9E, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Alert crew on board an anchored chemical tanker spotted a wooden boat with three robbers armed with knives. The alarm was sounded and fire hoses activated resulting in the boarding attempt being made unsuccessful. All crew safe.

20.06.2013: 0530 LT: Posn: 01:09.3N – 103:38.4E, Nipah Transit Anchorage, Indonesia.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored LPG Tanker. Two robbers entered the engine room while the remaining tried to break into the provision stores. On seeing the mess man entering the provision store area one robber caught him and threatened him with a knife while the others escaped. Alarm sounded and on investigating it was found that engine spares were stolen. All crew safe.

19.06.2013: 0255 LT: Posn: 01:11S – 117:12E, Muara Jawa Anchorage, Indonesia.
Deck watch keepers on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed three to five robbers with long knives near the forecastle store. They raised the alarm and retreated into the accommodation. On hearing the alarm the robbers escaped in their waiting boat. Upon investigation it was discovered that ship’s stores were stolen.

19.06.2013: 0145-0245 LT: Posn: 09:14.2N – 013:57.3W, Around 25nm SW of Conakry, Guinea.
Five pirates armed with machine guns boarded a general cargo ship at anchor. They threatened the crew, stole ship’s cash and crew personal belongings and escaped. All crew safe.

16.06.2013: 0030 LT: Jakarta Cargo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four armed robbers boarded an anchored container vessel and attempted to force their way into the engine room by breaking the padlock. Alert duty watchman sighted the robbers who threatened and chased him. Luckily the duty watchman was able to enter the accommodation and alert the bridge officer who raised the alarm. Later a through search of the vessel was conducted by the crew. Port authorities alerted. All crew safe.

15.06.2013: 20:15 LT: Posn: 03:41.0S – 114:25.5E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
While at anchor alert duty crew on board a bulk carrier noticed robbers attempting to board the vessel via the anchor chain. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The robbers aborted the attempt and escaped in an unlit boat.

15.06.2013: 0145 LT: Posn: 22.09.34N – 091:47.70E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh.
About 20 robbers armed with axe and machetes, in three wooden boats, approached and boarded a chemical tanker during anchoring operations. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Master informed Port control and Coast guard who sent out a patrol boat to investigate. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with ship stores. All crew safe.

13.06.2013: 2325 LT: Posn: 01:12.3S – 117:13.3E, Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Six robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier at anchor. They took hostage two crew members, tied then with ropes and stole their personal belongings. The robbers then stole ship stores and escaped. One crew injured slightly. Port authorities informed.

13.06.2013: 0342 LT: Posn: 01:06N – 103:36E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers armed with long knives boarded a tanker engaged in STS operations, stole engine spares and escaped. Duty crew raised alarm and a search was carried out. Master reported the incident to the local Authorities who boarded and carried out an investigation at 1000 LT.

12.06.2013: 2345 LT: Posn: 01:05S – 117:14E: Senipah Tanker Anchorage off Balikpapan, Indonesia.
Alert crew on board an anchored oil tanker noticed one robber on the forecastle and raised the alarm resulting in the robber escaping. Investigation revealed forecastle store padlock broken but nothing stolen. Authorities informed.

10.06.2013: 0400 – 0500 LT: Posn: 03:42.3S – 114:28.5E: Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier waiting for loading operations. They broke into the forecastle store, stole ship’s stores and escaped without being noticed. The robbery was reported to the local agent who was on board the vessel during the incident and the port authorities.

08.06.2013: 1154 LT: Posn: 03:54.7N – 098:46.6E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored chemical tanker using a hook attached to a long pole. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers attempting to enter the paint store and raised the alarm. Seeing crew alertness the robbers aborted their attempt and escaped in their boat.

01.06.2013: 2155 LT: Beira Port, Mozambique.
Two robbers armed with long knives boarded a berthed chemical tanker during cargo operations using the forward fire wire. Alert shore and deck watchmen and agents noticed them and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping via the anchor chain. Nothing stolen. Port authorities and local police notified.

05.06.2013: 0530 UTC: Posn: 11:36N – 049:15E, Around 20nm North of Bosasso, Gulf of Aden.
A dhow was reported hijacked and 14 crew members taken hostage. Later the pirates left the dhow for unknown reasons and released the dhow. The crew and dhow are reported to be safe and proceeding to a safe port.

04.06.2013: 2300 UTC: Posn: 04:14.9N – 007:45.7E, Usari Field, Nigeria.
Pirates boarded an offshore supply ship underway, on standby duties. Seeing the pirates the crew raised the alarm, retreated into the citadel, alerted other vessels and shore based office by VHF and waited until the pirates had left. On investigation it was found that vessel’s and crew belongings were stolen. All crew safe.

03.06.2013: 1310 LT: Posn: 03:55.47N – 098:46.93E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers in a small boat attempted to board an anchored chemical tanker via the anchor chain. Alert duty crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers aborting the attempt. Port control informed.

03.06.2013: 0345 LT: Posn: 01:10.7S – 117:15.9E, Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Two robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier using a hook attached to a rope and attempted to enter the forecastle store. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping empty handed. Port control informed.

27.05.2013: 0140 UTC: Posn: 31:12.7N-029:46.6E, El Dekheila Anchorage, Alexandria Port, Egypt.
Alert duty crew on board an anchored bulk carrier noticed three robbers near the forecastle and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping with stolen ship stores.

27.05.2013: 0510 lt: 02:22S – 081:00W: Estero Salado, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Around six armed persons with shotguns in a speed boat boarded a container ship underway with pilot and unarmed security guards on board. Upon investigation it was discovered container seals broken but nothing stolen.

24.05.2013: 1850 UTC: Posn: 05:59S – 105:57E, Cigading Anchorage, Indonesia.
Three robbers armed with machetes in a speed boat boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping. Upon investigation, it was found that engine spares were stolen. Port control informed.

24.05.2013: 2030 UTC: Posn: 03:52.5N – 005:28.0E, Around 50nm WSW of Brass, Nigeria.
Around seven to eight pirates armed with guns, in a boat, fired upon and boarded a product tanker underway. They stole ship’s and crew properties, kidnapped five crew members and escaped. The kidnapped crew were later safely released on June 07, 2013.

23.05.2013: 0100 LT: Posn: 22:16.62N – 091:48.02E, Chittagong Port, Bangladesh. During discharge operations, at berth, a product tanker was boarded by robbers armed with knives. They were noticed by the local watchman who immediately raised the alarm. The crew and watchman proceeded to the location armed with long sticks and metal pipes. Seeing the approaching crew the robbers jumped overboard and tried to escape with a mooring line which the crew successfully recovered. Port authorities informed and no action taken.

21.05.2013: 0215 LT: Posn: 29:50N – 032:33E, Suez Anchorage, Egypt. D/O on board an anchored container vessel noticed on CCTV, three robbers in boiler suits near the forecastle. Alarm raised and fog horn sounded. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped. On inspection it was noticed that five container seals had been broken and contents of one container pilfered. Port control informed.

21.05.2013: 0210 LT: Posn: Buenaventura Anchorage, Colombia. Three robbers in a boat approached an anchored general cargo ship, and attempted to board via the anchor chain. Alert duty crew noticed that the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing crew alertness, the robbers aborted the boarding and moved away. Coast guard and port control informed.

Suspicious Incident. This incident will not be added to IMB statistics.
19.05.2013: 1045 UTC: Posn: 25:32N – 057:27E, Around 18nm WSW of Bandar-e-Jask, Iran. Four suspicious boats with three armed persons in each boat chased a LPG tanker underway. Master raised alarm, activated SSAS, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, contacted Iran warship by VHF for assistance and the non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. The boats followed the tanker for 30 minutes and then moved away.

19.05.2013: 0525 UTC: Posn: 12:12N – 044:20E, Gulf of Aden. Five pirates armed with AK47 rifles and a RPG approached a general cargo ship underway. The vessel enforced anti piracy measures and the on board armed guards fired warning shots, when the skiff closed to 400m from the vessel, resulting in the skiff aborting and moving away. Crew and vessel safe.

18.05.2013: 0155 UTC: Posn: Alexandria Waiting Anchorage, Egypt. Duty officer on board an anchored chemical tanker noticed a robber lowering ship’s stores into a waiting boat. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing crew alertness the robber escaped with his accomplices. Port control informed.

17.05.2013: 0230 LT: Posn: 06:03.1N – 001:17.7E, Lome Anchorage, Togo. Eleven robbers in an unlit boat approached an anchored chemical tanker. The duty A/B noticed the boat and informed OOW who raised the alarm, contacted Togo Navy and activated the fire pumps. Two robbers jumped into the water and attempted to board the tanker via the anchor chain but failed and returned to their boat. At 0300 LT, the boat approached again from the port quarter with additional robbers who were seen holding hooks attached with ropes. The duty crew directed search lights towards the boat and noticed that the boat was flooding due to the fire hose water. The boat remained alongside and made several attempts to board the tanker. At 0420 LT, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and moved away. At 0500 LT, a Togo Navy boat arrived at the location and patrolled the area.

15.05.2013: 0001 – 0400 LT: 03:17N – 103:48E, Around 30nm NW of Pulau Tioman, Malaysia.
A tug towing a barge enroute from Singapore to Kuantan noticed stores and ship property stolen from the barge upon arrival at Kuantan Pilot station.

12.05.2013: 0203 LT: 03:48N – 077:11W: Buenaventura anchorage, Colombia. While at anchor D/O on board a bulk carrier noticed robbers from a small boat boarding the vessel at the forecastle. He immediately alerted the deck watch keepers to retreat to the bridge. Port control informed and ship advised that a coast guard patrol vessel would be sent immediately. Crew on the bridge noticed five robbers disembarking from the forecastle deck into a small boat. Coast guard boat arrived at location and investigated. All crew safe, nothing stolen.

12.05.2013: 0415 LT: Posn: 03:41S – 114:27E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia. Five robbers in a boat approached and boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain and broke into the forward store. The alert crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and proceeded towards the forecastle. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped in their boat with the stolen stores. Local agents informed.

09.05.2013: 2230 UTC: Posn: 06:04N-001:15E, Lome Anchorage, Togo. Eight persons in a boat came alongside and attempted to board an anchored tanker. Alert duty crew spotted the approach and sounded alarm, informed Togo Navy, identified the boat with the ship’s spot light and commenced deck water for the fire hoses. It was observed that the boat attempted to come along side from various directions but the water from the fire hoses was flooding the boat resulting in the attempt being aborted. The Togo Navy immediately responded and a navy boat arrived at the location in 20mins. All crew safe.

07.05.2013: 1458 UTC: Posn: 04:43.3N – 008:20.7E, Calabar River, Nigeria. Seven armed pirates in a speed boat approached and fired upon bulk carrier underway with pilot on board. Master raised alarm, increased speed, sent distress message, activated SSAS and non essential crew members mustered in the citadel. The pirates aborted the attack and moved away when they heard the ship’s alarm. No injuries to crew.

05.05.2013: 2248 UTC: Posn: 05:41.7N – 001:20.2E, Around 27nm SSE of Lome, Togo. Nine armed pirates in a speed boat approached a chemical tanker during STS operations. Alarm raised and all crew members retreated into the accommodation and locked the doors. Three pirates boarded the tanker and opened fire. Master contacted Togo Navy for assistance. The Togo navy guards on board the other vessel, alongside, exchanged fire with the pirates resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack and moved away. There were some damages caused due to the gun firing.

05.05.2013: 02.54 UTC: Posn: 02.28.6S 080:04.1W, Equador.
Robbers attempted to board a container vessel underway. Alarm sounded, crew mustered and vessel secured. Incident reported to coastguard who sent a boat for assistance. Seeing alert alertness the robbers moved away. All crew safe.

05.05.2013: 0300 UTC: Posn: 13:40N – 048:30E, Gulf of Aden. The below incident will not be included in the IMB statistics. Four high speed skiffs with three persons on each skiff approached a tanker underway at stbd side in two groups. Two skiffs closed in to a distance of 200 metres form the tanker and the armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs stopped the approach and moved away.

04.05.2013: 1135UTC: Posn: 03:49.5N – 006:41.2E, 33NM SW of Bonny River Fairway Buoy, Nigeria. Six to eight pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon a Refrigerated Cargo Ship underway. Vessel enforced anti-piracy measures and managed to move away. All crew safe but ship sustained minor damage due to the firing.

04.05.2013: 0940 UTC: Posn: 04:02.3N – 006:54.9E, Around 28nm SW of Bonny, Nigeria. Seven armed pirates in a speed boat approached a container ship underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed, sent distress message, activated SSAS and non essential crew members mustered in the citadel. The pirates closed in to a distance of 60-70 metres and fired at the ship using automatic guns. At 0953 UTC, the pirates aborted the attack and moved away as the distance between ship and boat increased. No injuries to crew.

30.04.2013: 2000 LT: 03:47.30N – 098:42.11E, Belawan port, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded a berthed general cargo ship while crew were involved with customs and immigration and getting the ship ready to discharge. Duty AB noticed the robbers at the poop deck and immediately report to the DO who raised alarm. On seeing alerted crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship stores.

29.04.2013: 0200 LT: Posn: 01:14N – 104:02E, Singapore Straits.
During routine rounds the Master on board a tug towing a barge transiting Singapore Straits, enroute from Port Klang to Bintulu, noticed ship properties missing from the barge and reported the loss to his owners.

27.04.2013: 1550 LT: Posn: Belawan Port, Indonesia.
Two robbers in a boat approached and boarded a berthed chemical tanker. They broke into the tank cleaning gear locker and stole ship’s properties. Duty crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and ran towards the robbers. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with the stolen items in their boat. Incident reported to the local agents.

27.03.2013: 1530 LT: Posn: 03:56N – 098:47E: Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.Robbers boarded a bulk carrier and stole ship’s stores from forecastle bosun store and escaped. The theft was discovered after the robbers had left the vessel.

26.03.2013: 1745 UTC: Posn: 31:14.4N – 032:18.1E, Port Said West Terminal, Port Said, Egypt. Six robbers in a boat armed with knives came alongside a berthed Container Ship. Four robbers boarded the vessel and injured an on-board security guard. The robbers stole ship’s stores and transferred them into their boat. The incident was reported to the local police.

26.03.2013: 0405 LT: Posn: 03:40.5S – 114:26.06E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded a anchored bulk carrier and were noticed by the alert duty crew who informed D/O. Alarm raised, and crew alerted. Seeing the alert crew the robbers jumped overboard and escaped.

26.04.2013: 1830 UTC: Posn: 03:48N – 004:57E, Around 83nm WSW of Brass, Nigeria. Pirates in a boat attempted to attack a container ship underway. Master raised alarm, switched off all ship’s lights, altered course and increased speed. The boat chased the ship for one hour and aborted the attempted attack.

25.03.2013: 0130 LT: Posn: 01:42.40N – 101:27.20E, Inner anchorage, Dumai, Indonesia. Five robbers armed with knives and guns boarded an anchored General Cargo Ship. The robbers took hostages four crew on duty and tied their hands with rope. Two of the crew taken as hostage were forced to lead the robbers to the engine room store, which was then forced open and ship property stolen. The alarm was raised by the hostage crew after the robbers escaped. The authorities were informed via ship’s agent.

25.04.2013: 2045 UTC: Posn: 04:10N – 005:30E, Around 45nm WSW of Brass, Nigeria. Fourteen heavily armed pirates in two boats, one supply boat with the name UTAY 8 and the other is a speed boat with orange hull and blue wheelhouse approached and boarded a container ship underway. The ship raised alarm and crew took shelter in the citadel. The pirates were able to breach the citadel and they kidnapped the Master, C/O, C/E, 2/E and 3/E and escaped with ship’s and crew cash. The remaining crew were reported safe.

24.04.2013: 0330 LT: Posn: 01:36N – 105:23E, South China Sea.
Fifteen pirates armed with guns and long knives in three high speed boats boarded a tug underway. They took hostage nine crew members, assaulted some of the crew and tied them up. They ransacked all cabins, stole vessel’s properties, crew members cash and personal belongings and escaped.

24.03.2013: 0300 LT: Abidjan Port, Ivory Coast. Shore security guard on board a berthed general cargo ship noticed two robbers on the aft mooring stations. He immediately informed the Duty officer who alerted the Master and other crew members. On seeing the alerted crew the robbers jumped overboard and escaped in their small boat. Port control was informed who later informed the Master that the robbers were detained and stolen items recovered.

24.03.2013: 0100 UTC: Posn: 06:50.5S – 039:17.8E, Berth No.11, Dar es Salaam Port, Tanzania. A robber boarded a berthed container ship via the forward mooring ropes. The duty A/B noticed the robber who threatened the A/B with a long knife. The A/B immediately ran away and reported to the SSO who in turn raised alarm and informed the port control. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robber jumped into the sea and escaped empty handed in his boat. Shore security guards came on board for investigation.

24.03.2013: 0140 LT: 05:59S-106:54E: Tanjung Priok Anchorage, Indonesia. During a routine round, the ship’s crew found the steering gear room open and it was discovered that some items inside the store were missing. After investigation the incident was reported to the Coast Guard.

24.04.2013: 2345 LT: Posn: 03:51.3N – 005:40.5E, 40nm SW of Brass, Nigeria.
Pirates in a speed boat chased and fired upon a container ship underway. The vessel increased speed and evaded the boarding.

24.04.2013: 0400 – 0510 LT: 01:17.5N – 104:50.5E, About 16nm NE of Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Pirates boarded a tanker underway and robbed crew personal belongings and cash and escaped.
No injuries to crew and tanker continued passage.

23.04.2013: 0407 LT: Posn: 01:19N – 104:47E, Around 15nm NE of Bintan Island, Indonesia. Five pirates armed with a pistol and long knives in a high speed wooden craft approached and boarded an asphalt tanker underway. They stole cash and crew personnel effects and escaped. Master raised the alarm and attempted to contact the coastal authority but received no respond. No injuries to crew.

23.03.2013: 0200 LT: 01:42.N – 101:28E, Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia. Five robbers armed with long knives in a small boat boarded the vessel from STBD quarter using a rope. The watchman was tied up with ropes. He was found lying down with his hands tied up when the forward watchman went to replace him. The duty officer was immediately informed. The alarm was raised and the crew was mustered on poop deck. A small wooden boat was seen leaving the vessel. Upon investigation it was found nothing had been stolen.

22.03.2013: 2200 LT: Posn: 22:15N – 091:44E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh. Robbers boarded a product tanker during anchoring operations and stole ship’s stores and properties and escaped upon seeing the crew members returning after anchoring. Port authorities, coast guard and agent informed.

22.04.2013: 2240 LT: Posn: 02:31N – 006:50E, Around 133nm South of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Armed pirates boarded a container ship underway. They kidnapped four crew members and escaped. No injuries were reported to the remaining crew members who sailed the ship to Senegal. Further details awaiting.

21.03.2013: 0220 LT: Posn: 07:05.3S – 112:39.4E, Gresik Inner Anchorage, Indonesia. Four robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They forced their way into the forward store and stole ship’s property. When noticed by the crew, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. Port control informed.

18.04.2013: 0010 UTC: 04:44.8S – 011:48.7E, Pointe Noire Anchorage, The Congo. Three robbers in a small boat approached and attempted to board an anchored General Cargo Ship. Alert duty crew spotted the robbers climbing the anchor chain and raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm, the robbers jumped into the water and escaped empty handed. Port Control contacted and all crew safe.

17.04.2013: 0210 LT: Campha Outer Anchorage, Vietnam.
Three robbers boarded a bulk carrier via forward bow and hawse pipe unnoticed. Duty AB noticed them in the process of lowering ropes into a waiting Boat and informed the Master who raised the alarm and alerted the crew. The crew tried to recover the ropes by using the winch but the robbers cut off the ropes and escaped.

16.04.2013: 0500 LT: Posn: 10:22N – 075:33W, Catagena Inner Anchorage, Colombia. OOW observed a boat with several persons manoeuvring in the vicinity of the vessel. Two watchmen were sent to check and they observed the vessel for some time and then while returning heard noises from the aft part of the vessel. When watchmen went closer to investigate they saw a few robbers near the paint locker. They informed OOW who raised alarm and all the robbers jumped overboard and escaped in their boat. Upon investigation it was found that the paint locker, CO2 station, oxygen locker and engine compartment doors were open and stores stole. Port control contacted and agent contacted.

16.04.2013: 0012 UTC: Posn: 01:48N – 006:46E, around 36nm WNW from Principe Island, Gulf of Guinea. Armed pirates in a skiff approached and fired upon a tanker under way. Alarm raised, SSAS Alert and distress signals activated, fire pump started, crew proceeded to their emergency stations and citadel, speed increased and evasive manoeuvres made. After around 20minutes the skiff aborted the attack and moved away. Crew and vessel safe.

16.03.2013: 2308 LT: Posn: 11:08N – 074:16W, Puerto Prodeco Anchorage, Colombia. Duty officer onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed an unidentified person on the forecastle and immediately informed the deck security guard and port security guard to investigate. When they arrived at the forecastle they noticed two robbers climbing down the anchor chain and trying to escape by swimming in heavy seas and swell. One of the robbers was rescued by throwing a lifebuoy while the other disappeared out of sight. Later, the robber was taken ashore by the security. Nothing stolen.

15.04.2013: 1040 UTC: Guayaquil, Ecuador. A group of armed robbers in a boat approach and boarded a container ship departing from the berth. Alarm raised and all crew members mustered in the accommodation and locked all the doors. The CSO contacted the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and requested assistance. The Centre contacted the Ecuador Maritime Authorities and a coast guard patrol boat was sent to the location. On arrival it was found that the robbers had left the vessel. All crew safe. The vessel continued her passage under pilotage with the patrol boat.

14.03.2013: 1215 LT: Posn: 13:39N – 050:48E, Gulf of Aden. Four suspicious dhows along with skiffs were noticed by a tanker underway. From this group one skiff approached the taker at high speed. Alarm sounded and non essential crew retreated in the citadel. As the skiff approached weapons and a ladder were sighted in the skiff. Onboard armed security team fired one warning shot resulting in the skiff stopping and turning back to regroup with the rest.

14.03.2013: 0402 LT: 01:40.2S – 116:39.1E, Adang Bay, 25nm SSW from Balikpapan Port, Indonesia. Three robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. The alert duty seaman spotted the robbers attempting to enter the forecast store and informed the D/O who the alarm raised and sounded the forward fog horn. Seeing the alerted crew muster and proceeded towards the forecastle the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. Pilot station and all vessels at Adang Bay alerted. Nothing stolen and no injuries to crew.

13.04.2013: 0930 UTC: Posn: 04:34.4S – 081:19.1W, Talara Anchorage, Peru.
Duty watch man onboard an anchored tanker sighted two robbers armed with long knives and notified C/O who raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with ship’s stores. All crew safe.

13.01.2013: 1830 LT: Posn: 03:52N – 077:06W, Buenaventura Inner Anchorage, Colombia. Robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker during heavy rain and stole ship’s properties and escaped. Port control informed and was advised to be vigilant against robbery at the anchorage.

13.04.2013: 0230 LT: Posn: 07:05.6S – 112:39.5E, Surabaya Port, Indonesia.
Three robbers in a small boat armed with long knives approached a berthed bulk carrier. Duty A/B noticed the robbers, informed the D/O and retreated into the accommodation. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. Incident reported to port control. Deck patrols increased.

12.03.2013: 1200 – 1300 LT: Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker, stole ship stores and escaped unnoticed.

11.04.2013: 2330 UTC: Posn: 08:30N – 013:11W, Freetown Inner Roads, Sierra Leone. Master onboard an anchored general cargo ship noticed a boat approaching them and sent an A/B to investigate. The Master noticed that the robbers were already onboard and they caught the A/B and laid him on the deck at knife point. Alarm raised, Master and C/O went forward to assist the A/B but the robbers threatened them and they had to retreat into the accommodation and called the security vessel and the company’s local supervisor. The security vessel arrived and investigated but the robbers had escaped with stolen ship’s stores and properties.

09.04.2013: 0400 – 0500 LT: Posn: 10:34N – 107:01E, Ho Chi Minh City Port, Vietnam. Robbers boarded a bulk carrier at berth unnoticed. They stole ship’s properties and escaped unnoticed.

06.04.2013: 1300 LT: Posn: 03:56.9N – 098:44.1E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker unnoticed, stole ship’s properties and escaped unnoticed. The robbery was reported to authorities and local agent. Local agent informed Master that the robbers representative was willing to sell back the stolen equipment to the Master.

05.04.2013: 0640 LT: Posn: 17:39N – 083:24E, Visakhapatnam Anchorage, India.
Seven robbers in three fishing boats approached an anchored tanker. Two robbers managed to reach the ship rails using hooks attached to heaving lines but were noticed by the alert duty crew who raised the alarm and prevented their gaining access to the ship decks. The robbers moved away from the boat and waited a short distance away. Incident reported to port control and a patrol boat came and searched the waters around the tanker.

03.04.2013: 0330 LT: Adang Bay Anchorage, Indonesia. Two robbers armed with a gun and knives boarded a bulk carrier from the forecastle and made hostage the duty crew at knife point. D/O called him on walkie-talkie but did not receive any response. Another crew was sent immediately from the stern to check the forward. When he arrived the duty crew was found tie-up. The D/O was alerted and he raised the alarm. Two speed boats were seen departing from the vessel. All crew was mustered and went forward to investigate. It was found ship’s stores had been stolen from forward store.

04.03.2013: 0530 UTC: Posn: 14:17.4N – 049:51.7E, Around 40nm SE of Mukalla City, Yemen, Gulf of Aden. Four skiffs with around six persons in each skiff approached an oil tanker underway from the port bow, mid-ships and astern. Master raised alarm, took anti piracy measures, informed UKMTO and all non essential crew retreated to the citadel. Onboard armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs stopping the approach at a distance of around four cables from the vessel. Ladder and RPG sighted in the approaching skiffs. A warship was deployed to the location for assistance.

04.03.2013: 0400 LT: Posn: 03:33.36S – 114:26.55E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia. An anchored bulk carrier was boarded by robbers who stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed. Master reported the incident to port control.

27.02.2013: Posn: 01:42.19N – 101:29.11E, Dumai Quarantine anchorage, Indonesia.
An anchored chemical tanker was boarded by robbers who stole engine spares and escaped unnoticed. The incident was discovered by one of the crew who noticed the broken lock and missing spares.

27.02.2013: 0320 LT: Posn: 04:34.4S – 081:18.8W, Talara Anchorage, Peru.
Two robbers in a small motorised boat attempted to board an anchored tanker via the anchor chain. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers and informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and sounded ship’s whistle. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers aborted the attempt and moved away.

24.02.2013: 2345 LT: Posn: 10:18.13N – 075:31.16W, Cartagena ‘A’ Anchorage, Colombia.
Four robbers boarded an anchored LPG tanker via the anchor chain and hawse pipe. The robbers caught and tied up the duty A/B who had sighted and shouted at them. The robbers broke into the forecastle store and escaped with ship’s property.

22.02.2013: 1800 UTC: Posn: 03:51N – 005:57E, Around 30nm SSW of Brass, Nigeria.
About six pirates armed with automatic riffles in a skiff launched from a mother vessel chased and fired upon a general cargo ship underway. Master raised alarm, activated anti piracy preventive measures, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and non essential crew took shelter in the citadel. The pirates attempted to board the ship several times and then aborted the attempt due to the hardening measures taken by the ship. Incident reported to MRCC Nigeria. No injuries to crew but the ship sustained some damage due to the firing.

20.02.2013: 2100 LT: Posn: 05:34S – 104:35E, Teluk Semangka Anchorage, Indonesia.
Engine room stores were robbed from a LPG tanker carrying out a STS operations. The robbery was discovered upon sailing and the ship’s crew suspect the local mooring gang which, had remained onboard the vessel during the STS operations.

18.02.2013: 0400 LT: Posn: 22:11.1N – 091:46.0E, Chittagong Anchorage ‘C’, Bangladesh.
After STS discharge operations, the crew on an anchored tanker while awaiting for further instructions discovered that two STS mooring ropes were stolen. Coast Guard informed.

20.02.2013: 0048 LT: Posn: 07:09S – 112:40E, Gresik area, Surabaya, Indonesia.
A bulk carrier under pilotage and awaiting berthing was boarded by robbers who stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed. Incident reported to pilot onboard who in turn reported to port control.

20.02.2013: 0600 LT: Posn: 01:23.3S – 116:56.5E, Balikpapan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Master onboard an anchored chemical tanker carrying out bunkering operation saw two robbers on the forecastle deck with long swords stealing the mooring ropes. He raised the alarm and mustered the crew. Seeing crew alertness the robbers jumped overboard and escaped.

07.02.2013: 0700 LT: Posn: 03:40.48N – 005:53.12E, Around 40nm SSW of Brass, Nigeria.
Around 17 pirates armed with AK47 rifles attacked, boarded and hijacked an offshore supply vessel underway and tried to use it as a mother vessel. The vessel was released on the 11.02.2013 with no injury to crew. Ship’s stores and equipment were stolen and some communication equipment damaged.

18.02.2013: 2310 LT: Posn: 00:08.9N – 106:18.9E, 52nm West of Pulau Penjantan, Indonesia.
D/O onboard a container ship underway noticed two masked pirates on the bridge wing attempting to enter the bridge. Alarm raised and crew mustered on bridge. The pirates could not enter the locked bridge and escaped upon seeing the crew alertness.

18.02.2013: 1645 UTC: Posn: 07:14.4N – 052:17.2E, Around 150nm ESE of Eyl, Somalia.
Two white speed boats approached and fired upon a general cargo ship underway. Onboard armed security returned fire resulting in the skiffs moving away.

06.02.2013: 0245LT: Posn: 01:41.8S – 116:38.6E: Adang Bay anchorage, Indonesia. Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain. They attacked the duty crew on the forecastle, who managed to escape and raise the alarm. All crew mustered and proceeded forward. Seeing the alert crew the robbers jumped overboard and escaped in their boat. On investigation it was discovered ship’s stores stolen from the forecastle store.

04.02.2013: 0024 UTC: 06:19.16N – 003:24.57E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria. Armed persons with guns approached and fired upon an anchored chemical tanker carrying out STS operations. The response of the onboard Naval security team resulted in the armed persons moving away. One crew member died during the medical evacuation due to an injury sustained during the firing.

03.02.2013: 0659 LT: 04:07.38N – 003:54.42W, 70nm South of Abidjan port, Ivory Coast. Owners off an oil tanker reported that they had lost contact with their vessel while underway and strongly suspected the vessel may have been hijacked. On 05.02.2013 the vessel and 17 crew members were released. Two crew were injured. The vessel proceeded to a safe port.

02.02.2013: 0430 LT: Posn: 03:55.6N – 098:48.6E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia. Six robbers armed with knives in a wooden motor boat approached an anchored chemical tanker. One of the robbers attempted to board the tanker by hooking a ladder near the mid ship manifold area. Alert duty crew spotted the robbers and informed the D/O who raised the alarm, sounded ship’s whistle and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and moved away

31.01.2013: 1350 LT: Posn: 14:33.8N – 120:54.8E, Manila South Quarantine Anchorage, Philippines. Three robbers in a boat approached and boarded an anchored general cargo ship. Alert crew saw the robbers near the forecastle store and raised alarm. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with stolen ship stores. Incident reported to VTMS and Coast Guard who advised to double watches and maintain proper look out.

31.01.2013: 2030 UTC: POSN: 03:46.3N-005:49.1E, Around 45nm SSW off Brass, Nigeria. A product tanker under way noticed three skiffs approaching it at high speed. A suspected mother vessel was observed on radar at a distance of around 1.2nm. As the skiffs closed duty officer raised alarm and non essential crew mustered in citadel. Vessel commenced evasive manoeuvres and headed towards a nearby oil terminal to seek assistance from naval guard vessels. A further two skiffs were noticed approaching the vessel and all skiffs fired towards the bridge and accommodation. A RPG was also fired but missed the vessel. The attack lasted fro nearly one hour before the skiffs broke off. Crew safe but vessel sustained damage due to the firing.

31.01.2013:0430LT: 20:53.1N – 016:59.7E, Nouadhibou Port, Mauritania. Two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored refrigerated cargo ship while the remaining six robbers remained in the boat. Alert duty crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped empty handed. Port control contacted but no response received.

29.01.2013: 0030 LT: 22:56.6N – 088:10.1E, Haldia Anchorage, India. Robbers armed with knives and a gun boarded a product tanker at anchor and started lowering mooring ropes. Duty Officer spotted the robbers and raised alarm, informed Master. The robbers escaped with the stolen ship’s stores. VTIS and Coast Guard informed.

27.01.2013: 0020 LT: Posn: 17:01.5N – 082:24.8E, Kakinada Anchorage, India. Eight robbers in two boats armed with long knives approached an anchored chemical tanker. Two of the robbers boarded the tanker and stole ship’s stores from the forecastle. Duty crew noticed the robbers and informed the officer on watch who raised the alarm and informed Master. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped with the stolen stores. Port control informed.

23.01.2013: 0600 LT: Posn: MBM Terminal, Talara Port, Peru.
Robbers boarded a berthed tanker and escaped with ship’s stores unnoticed. Upon investigation, it was found that the robbers boarded via the hawse pipe by dismantling the anchor chain metal guard and then forced their way in to the forecastle store by breaking the watertight door padlock hinge. Incident reported to the authorities.

22.01.2013: 0200 LT: Posn: 01:42.3N – 101:29.2E, Dumai Inner Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker, stole engine spares and escaped unnoticed. The theft was discovered after departure from the port during maintenance work for generator engine. Some foot prints were discovered on the floor.

16.01.2013: 0300 LT: Posn: 22:17.05N – 091:43.35E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh. Five robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain during cargo operations. 2nd Mate noticed the robbers and asked the deck watchman to check. While approaching the forecastle, the deck watchman was threatened by three robbers. The Master ordered the crew to enter inside the accommodation and lock the access. 2nd Mate directed the spot light towards the robbers who escaped thru the anchor chain. Upon inspection, it was found that ship’s properties were stolen. Port control and coast guard were informed and a navy / coast guard boat came to the location and searched for the robbers.

15.01.2013: 0030 LT: Posn: 04:43.9S – 011:46.7E, Pointe Noire Anchorage, The Congo. Three robbers armed with knives disguised as fishermen in a small boat approached and boarded an anchored container ship. Duty crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped empty handed in their boat. Port control contacted but received no response.

12.01.2013: 0105 LT: Posn: 01:11.1S – 116:46.7E, Balikpapan Anchorage, Indonesia. Two robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. All crew mustered and rushed to the forecastle. On seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed in their speed boat.

09.01.2013: 0920 UTC: Guyana, South America. Two robbers armed with guns and long knives boarded a berthed LPG tanker from the offshore side by using a grappling hook. They took the C/O and shore security guard as hostage, proceeded to the master’s cabin and stole ship’s cash and escaped. No injury to crew.

08.01.2013: 0750 UTC: Posn: 12:40.2N – 043:16.1E, Bab El Mandeb TSS, Red Sea. About 5-6 persons each in two skiffs doing 14 knots approached a gas carrier ship underway. Alarm raised, anti-piracy measures initiated, distress message was transmitted and the armed security team on board fired a warning flare and showed their weapons. One skiff slowed down but the other skiff continued its approach and closed to 200 meters from the tanker. The armed team fired two more warning shots but the skiffs ignored the warning shots and continue to approach the tanker. Further shots were fired across the lead skiff’s bow resulting in the skiffs aborting and moving away.

05.01.2013: 1100 UTC: Posn: 03:07.2N-051:51.1E, Around 400nm ENE of Mogadishu, Somalia. Six pirates in a skiff chased and fired upon a container ship using automatic weapons and RPG. Vessel raised alarm, crew mustered in citadel and armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the pirates aborting and moving away. A warship and naval helicopter were dispatched towards the vessel. Crew and vessel safe.

04.01.2013: 2315 LT: Posn: 01:16.0S – 116:49.0E, Balikpapan Port Jetty No.5 C, Indonesia. Four robbers approached a chemical tanker at berth while engaged in loading operations. One of the robbers boarded the vessel by climbing the forward fire wire, stole ship’s properties and escaped. The incident was reported to the local agent and the port authorities.

03.01.2013: 0400LT: Posn: 22:49N-070:03E, Kandla port anchorage, India. Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier, broke into the forecastle store room, stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed.

29.12.2012: 2300 LT: Posn: 03:43.1S – 114:27.7E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier while waiting to commence loading operations. Robbers broke into the forward bosun store, stole ship’s properties and escaped unnoticed. The incident occurred between Dec 29th 2300LT to Dec 30th 0400LT and was reported to the local agent and the port authorities.

23.12.2012: 1945 LT: Posn: 04:01N – 005:14E, 40nm from the Coastline, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Pirates armed with guns attacked, boarded an offshore supply vessel underway and kidnapped four crew members. No injuries to other crew members and vessel continued passage to a safe port.

20.12.2012: 2235 LT: Posn: 03:57.0N – 098:46.9E, Belawan anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker receiving provisions, stole ship’s property and escaped unnoticed. Upon investigation it was found that the robbers gained access to the forecastle by breaking through the razor wire. Local agent and the port authorities informed.

18.12.2012: 1030 UTC: 11:18.1N – 049:09.26E, Bossaso anchorage, Somalia. A general cargo ship was detained since 17.11.2012 by Somali authorities for illegal dumping of cargo and ordered to anchor off Bossaso. On 18.12.2012 eight Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) personnel (four policemen and four soldiers) were detailed to guard the ship. The four soldiers took over the ship and forced the Master to sail to another port. It is believed that these four soldiers were paid by a pirate gang to hijack the ship. While en-route one of the soldiers re-joined the four policemen, regained control of the ship and sailed back and returned to Bossaso. The ship arrived and berthed at Bossaso port on 20.12.2012 where all the PMPF personnel (policemen and soldiers) were replaced.

15.12.2012: 0430 UTC: Posn: 24:10N – 059:08E, Around 45nm NE of Muscat, Oman, Gulf of Oman (Off Somalia). A dhow was seen launching a skiff which approached a tanker underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed, altered course, crew mustered and contacted authorities for assistance. At a distance of 0.2nm weapons and ladders were identified on the skiff and the on board armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiff moving away.

14.12.2012: 2105 LT: Posn: 32:00.24N – 120:45.56E, Nantong Working Anchorage, China. Three robbers tried to board an anchored bulk carrier via the gangway but were challenged by the alert crew and denied access to the ship. The robbers then managed to gain access to the ship via the barge working cargo. The alert crew spotted the robbers as they tried to lower ship stores and raised the alarm. On seeing crew alertness the robbers left the ship and entered the barge. Local agents informed.

13.12.2012: 2310 UTC: Posn: 04:16.0N – 005:19.8E, Around 25nm SW Offshore, Bayelsa, Nigeria. Pirates armed with machine guns in a boat chased and fired upon an offshore support vessel underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed, sent distress message and all crew except the Master mustered in the safe room. The on board security team returned fire and after around 20 minutes the firing ceased and the pirates moved away. Due to the exchange of fire one security personal was killed and two sustained injuries.

10.12.2012: 2345 LT: Posn: 03:43.8S – 114:26.4E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier while the duty crew were busy attending to a barge. Once the crews returned to their watch keeping duties they noticed the bosun store lock broken and ship properties stolen. On investigating it was found that the robbers had accessed the vessel via the anchor chain after managing to cut the wire lashing and break the padlock securing the hawse pipe covers. Local agents informed.

08.12.2012: 1135 LT: Posn: 3:55N – 98:47E, Belawan Roads, Indonesia. Three wooden boats with five robbers in each approached an anchored chemical tanker awaiting for cargo operations. Due to the crew alertness, the robbers were spotted and were unable to board the vessel. Before moving away, one of the robbers gestured to the crew that they would return during the night hours. Due to the threat and no response from [port authorities the Master heaved up the anchor and sailed to the open sea.

05.12.2012: 0300 LT: Posn: 03:47.02N – 098:42.04E, Belawan Port, Indonesia. Four robbers boarded a berthed bulk carrier during discharge operations. They broke into the deck store, stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed. The theft was noticed during the hand over watch and was reported to the local agent and the port authorities.

01.12.2012: 2100 LT: Posn: 01:23S – 116:59E, Balikpapan Outer Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers in an unlit small boat closed to an anchored bulk carrier and attempted to climb onboard the ship via the anchor chain. Alert duty O/S noticed the robbers, shouted at them and informed the bridge who raised the alarm. All crew members rushed to the forecastle. On hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and escaped in their boat. Port control informed.

30.11.2012: 0145 LT: Posn: Cochin Outer Anchorage, India. Three robbers in a wooden boat approached and boarded an anchored tanker. They broke into the forecastle store and stole ship’s stores. Duty crew heard some noises in the fore peak store, checked and found the door’s lock broken and informed D/O who raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped with the stolen ship stores. Coast guard and port control informed.27.11.2012: 1950 LT: Posn: 03:55.9N – 098:45.8E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia. Four armed robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker via the anchor chain. They attempted to attack the duty AB who managed to escape and inform the OOW. By the time the crew mustered the robbers has escaped with stolen ship stores. Attempts to contact and report incident to port authority were unsuccessful. All crew safe.

30.11.2012: 2250 UTC: Posn: 06:02.3N – 001:18.3E, Lome Anchorage, Togo. Four robbers in a blue and white coloured skiff approached an anchored product tanker. Armed guards onboard the tanker found the intention of the skiff aggressive and fired a warning shot. The skiff aborted the approach and moved away. Master called the Togo navy but received no response. At 2305 UTC, the skiff along with three similar skiffs approached the tanker at high speed from the bow, mid-ship and stern. The armed guards fired two warning shots in the air which were ignored by the skiffs which closed to the ship side and then moved along the ship side on towards the stern. Only when the armed team fried more warning shots did the skiffs move away. The Master heaved up the anchor and sailed further away from the anchorage area to drift. At 2320 UTC, Togo navy responded and the Master reported the incident to the navy.

30.11.2012: 0110 LT: Posn: 01:26.24N – 104:34.05E, Around 12nm north of Bintan Island, Indonesia. Nine pirates armed with long knives boarded an anchored tug from astern and took the duty watchman as hostage. The pirates then went to the bridge and stole stole crew personal belongings, cash and vessel’s navigation equipment and escaped in around 20 minutes. During the incident, two crew members were slightly injured.

29.11.2012: 2235 LT: Posn: 06:01.5S – 106:54.0E, Tanjung Priok Anchorage, Indonesia. Three robbers boarded a chemical tanker at anchor. Robbers were sighted at poop deck, alarm raised and all crew mustered. Seeing alert crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. All crew safe.

27.11.2012: 0405 LT: 00:18.52S – 117:40.00E, Samarinda Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers armed with long knife boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty watchman noticed the robbers who threatened him with a long knife and warned him not to approach any closer. Duty watchman alerted the Chief officer who raised the alarm and alerted the crew. On seeing the alert crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. No reply received from port authority and agent onboard vessel indicated that theft was normal Samarinda.

25.11.2012: 0510 LT: 10:18.4N – 075:33.6W, Cartagena Anchorage, Colombia. Robbers boarded an anchored product tanker, stole ship’s stores from the forward store and escaped unnoticed. The crew on duty noticed the theft and reported the incident to port control and coast guard.

24.11.2012 : 0135 LT: Posn: 17:02.2N – 082:25.77E, Kakinada Anchorage, India. Four robbers armed with knives and iron rods boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the poop deck. Duty A/B on rounds noticed the robbers stealing ship stores and informed the OOW. Alarm raised and as the A/B approached the robbers they jumped overboard and escaped with their accomplices in to boats. Port control informed.

21.11.2012: 2223LT: Posn: 06:01.75S – 106:55:58E, East Cargo Anchorage, Jakarta Roads, Indonesia. Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the poop deck. They attacked and took hostage the duty AB and stole deck and engine stores. When the AB failed to respond to the radio calls the duty officer raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping.

21.11.2012: 0500LT: Posn: 01:42.92S: 116:38.04E, Adang Bay Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier carrying out loading operations via a barge. The robbers attacked and tied up the Bosun on his routine rounds of the forecastle. They stole personal effects of the bosun, broke into and stole ships stores from the forward locker. The robbers were noticed by alert Master and crew on bridge who raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping.

20.11.2012: 1200 LT: Posn: San Pedro de Macoris Port, Dominican Republic. Robbers boarded a berthed product tanker unnoticed. They stole ship’s properties and escaped. The theft was noticed by crew doing routine ship search after departure.

18.11.2012: 0500 LT: Posn: 03:17.02N – 109:05.38E, South China Sea. A laden chemical tanker enroute from Pasir Gudang to Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia was boarded and hijacked by a gang of 11 pirates. The crew of the tanker were set adrift in a life raft and the tanker deviated towards Vietnam. When the owners could not get in touch with the tanker, the owners contacted the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre which immediately relayed the message to all authorities in the vicinity and broadcast the message to all ships in the ocean region. The IMB PRC then continuously liaised with the owners and the Vietnam authorities on the location of the tanker. The Vietnam Marine Police intercepted the tanker and detained all the pirates and escorted the tanker to a port for further investigations. The crew of the tanker were rescued by passing fishing vessels and safely landed ashore at Vung Tau.

16.11.2012: 0150 LT: Posn: 03:55.9N – 098:48.4E, 7.4nm East of Nipahlarangan, Belawan, Indonesia. Three robbers armed with knives and iron bars boarded an anchored chemical tanker. They stole ship’s stores and escaped. Master raised alarm, crew mustered and contacted port authorities but received no response.

16.11.2012: 1530 LT: Posn: 10:19.00N – 075:31.42W, Cartagena Inner Anchorage, Colombia. Robbers boarded and stole ship stores from an anchored LPG tanker unnoticed. The theft was noticed by ship’s crew during routine day work. Alarm raised, crew mustered and a search was carried out. Port authority informed.

13.11.2012: 2040 LT: POSN: 02:31.2S – 080:05.2W, GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR. 10-12 robbers armed with guns and knives in two boats approached and came alongside a container ship underway during a river passage. Duty crew at aft station noticed the boats and reported to the Master on bridge who raised the alarm, activated the SSAS and mustered all crew inside the accommodation. The robbers boarded the vessel, tied up the shore security guard and broke into four of containers on deck. The robbers managed to steal the shore security guard personal properties and some cargo from the containers before escaping. Pilot reported the incident to Guayaquil port control.

11.11.2012: 0530 UTC: Posn: 04:34.16S – 081:19.18W, Talara Anchorage, Peru. Two robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker at anchor. Robbers were spotted. They jumped overboard with stolen stores and escaped with three more accomplices waiting in a boat. No injuries to crew.

06.11.2012: 1930 LT: Posn: 01:44.58N – 106:11.42E, Around 58nm South of Pulau Airabu, Anambas Islands, Indonesia. Ten robbers armed with long knives boarded a tugboat towing a barge enroute from Port Klang to Kuching. One of the crew member has been assaulted. The robbers stole crew members personal belongings, cash and vessel’s document and certificates before escaping. The incident was reported to the owners and the Master lodge a police report upon arrival at Kuching, Malaysia on Nov 08th 2012.

03.11.2012: 2100 LT: Posn: 06:00.4S – 106:54.6E, Jakarta Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers in a small boat approached the stern of an anchored container ship. One robber boarded the ship using a hook attached with rope while the other three robbers remained in their boat. Deck watchmen spotted the robber and raised the alarm. Seeing crew alertness the robber escaped empty handed.

27.10.2012: 0030 LT: Posn: 03:56N – 098:47E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia. Three robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored container ship via the anchor chain. They took hostage the duty crew and tied him up on the forecastle deck. Another duty crew reported the incident to the D/O on the bridge who raised the alarm and contacted the port authorities. Three rocket flares were fired at the forecastle resulting in the robbers escaping in their fishing boat. Upon investigation it was found that the robbers managed to steal the hostage crews personal effects.

21.10.2012: 1220 LT: Posn: 03:47.8N – 098:42.1E, Belawan International Container Terminal, Indonesia.
Two robbers armed with long knives in a small boat approached a berthed container ship. Alert duty crew noticed one robber attempting board the ship using a rope. The crew shouted at the robber who aborted the boarding and escaped.

18.10.2012: Tanjung Datu, Sarawak, Malaysia. Robbers boarded a tug towing a barge, stole crew cash and escaped.

17.10.2012: 0200 LT: 00:52.9N – 105:10.7E, Around 19.4nm East of Pulau Mapur, Indonesia. Ten robbers armed with guns and knives boarded a salvage vessel towing a barge from Singapore to Balikpapan, Indonesia. The robbers stole ship properties, crew cash and property and escaped. All the crew safe and vessel continued her passage towards Balikpapan.

16.10.2012: 0035 LT: 09:24.1N – 013:45.9W, Conakry roads, Guinea. Six robbers boarded a general cargo ship at anchor. The crew secured themselves in the accommodation and contacted the owners for help. The Owners informed the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre which relayed the message to the Guinea authorities who dispatched a patrol boat to assist the vessel. The robbers stole cargo contents from the containers and escaped upon seeing the approaching patrol boat. All crew safe.

16.10.2012: 0405 LT: Muara Berau anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia. Three robbers boarded a bulk carrier at anchor. They were spotted by the duty crew during security rounds. The duty AB reported to the bridge and approached the robbers who assaulted and injured him. The duty AB managed to escape. The robbers stole crew belongings and escaped.

15.10.2012: 0200 LT: 01:06.7N – 104:10.2E, Kabil Citranusa Port, Batam, Indonesia. Three robbers boarded a general cargo ship at anchor. They were spotted by the alert duty crew who raised the alarm. Upon sensing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed.

13.10.2012: 2210 LT: Posn: 22:15.1N – 091:44.6E, Chittagong Anchorage ‘A’, Bangladesh. Seven robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier from the aft during cargo operations. Duty crew noticed the robbers trying to steal ship’s stores and raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers jumped into the water and escaped with the stolen stores. Coast guard informed and a patrol boat came to the location and searched for the robbers but the robbers had disappeared.

10.10.2012 : 1210 UTC : Posn: 00:31N – 050:37E, Around 320nm east of Mogadishu, Somalia. A Skiff with six to eight pirates onboard approached and fired upon a fishing vessel at high speed. The onboard security team returned fire resulting in the skiff aborting and moving away. All crew safe

08.10.2012: 0235 LT: Chittagong Inner Anchorage, Bangladesh. Around 12 robbers boarded a anchor handling tug at anchor when four deck crew were working on deck. On spotting the robbers with swords the crew retreated into the accommodation and raised the alarm. Crew mustered, fired pyro techniques and informed the coast guard who arrived and searched the area. The robbers managed to escape with stolen ship stores.

05.10.2012: 0545 LT: Posn: 00:13.9S – 117:33.0E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia. Six robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty crew noticed the robbers stealing ship stores from the forward locker and raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped in their boat with the stolen stores. Coast guard informed.

04.10.2012: 2030 UTC: Posn: 04:48.8N – 001:25.1E, around 80nm south of Lome, Togo. Around 10 to 12 pirates armed with automatic guns boarded a product tanker drifting in the STS area. The pirates hijacked the tanker and mustered all crew on the bridge while waiting for a barge to steal ship’s cargo. When the barge arrived, the ship crew were forced to prepare the fenders for the barge to come alongside. After stealing the cargo the pirates locked the crew in the masters cabin, damaged some of the navigational equipment, stole ships cash, crew personal belongings, provisions, bonded store and electronics items and then left the vessel on 05.10.2012 in the early morning hours. All crew is safe apart from some physical injuries.

29.09.2012: 1930 LT: Posn: Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia. Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored chemical tanker at forecastle. They held the duty A/B at knife point and tied him up and stole ship’s stores. D/O raised the alarm upon sighting the robbers and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped in their fishing boat with the stolen stores. Port control informed.

25.09.2012: 0035 LT: Posn: 01:16.1N – 104:14.1E, 6.8nm NW of Bintan Island, Indonesia. Officers on watch onboard a tug towing a barge underway noticed two robbers had boarded the barge. Alarm raised, SSAS activated, sent distress on VHF, reported to Singapore port control and crew mustered. At 0237 LT, a police boat arrived on scene but they could not find any small boats behind the barge. Police escorted the vessel and left at 0250 LT. It seems that the robbers escaped upon seeing the police boat. The tug continued the passage.

24.09.2012: 0545 LT: Posn: 01:07.1N – 103:35.4E, STS Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia. Two robbers attempted to board an anchored tanker from the port quarter sunken deck. Alert crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and escaped. Authorities informed thru local agents.

21.09.2012: 0135 LT: Posn: 18:33.09N – 072:22.01W, Port-Au-Prince Anchorage, Haiti.
Three robbers armed with machetes boarded an anchored general cargo ship. Watchman on routine rounds noticed the robbers at forecastle deck. The robbers attacked the watchman and injured him. D/O raised alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped with the stolen stores. Port authority informed and the coast guard arrived at the location after three hours.

19.09.2012: 0400 LT: Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh. Two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier awaiting cargo operations and held the duty A/B hostage at knife point. Four more robbers boarded the ship via the hawse pipe. They searched the duty A/B for the keys to the store rooms and then tied him up. As no keys were available the robbers broke into the store room and managed to steal ship stores. Stevedores on an approaching lighter vessel spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the alert crew and stevedores the robbers escaped via the hawse pipe. Port control and coast guard informed.

11.09.2012: 1300 LT: Posn: 03:54N – 098:46E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Five robbers in a small boat approached an anchored container ship. of these two robbers boarded the ship, broke into the forward store, stole ship’s properties and escaped upon seeing duty A/B approaching. Port control informed.

09.09.2012: 1935 UTC: Posn: 06:09.03N – 002:53.36E, Around 34nm SW of Lagos, Nigeria. Pirates armed with guns chased and fired upon a tanker underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and non-essential crew mustered in the citadel. The pirates attempted to board the tanker several times and later aborted the attempted attack due to the evasive manoeuvres from the tanker. No injuries to crew but there were several bullet marks on the superstructure.

04.09.2012: 0430 LT: Kabil Port, Batam, Indonesia. Four robbers boarded a berthed chemical tanker and entered the engine room where a duty motorman noticed and challenged them. One of the robbers pushed and hit the motorman who then retreated into the engine control room, locked himself, raised alarm and informed the D/O. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped. Coast guard informed and they came onboard for investigation.

02.09.2012: 0515 LT: Posn: 00:13.35S – 117:35.18E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia. Five robbers in a speed boat approached and boarded an anchored bulk carrier awaiting cargo operations. They broke into the paint store and boatswain store and stole ship stores and properties. C/O noticed the robbers on the forecastle deck and raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm and seeing crew alertness, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with the stolen items in their waiting boat. Vessel made several attempts to contact port control but received no response.

31.08.2012: 0415 LT: Posn: 01:42.8N – 101:27.9E, Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia. Three robbers armed with long knives approached and boarded an anchored Wood Chip Carrier. The robbers took hostage the O/S on duty. Another duty A/B who saw the incident informed the D/O. Alarm raised and crew alerted. The shore security onboard the vessel managed to speak to the robbers and convinced them to free the O/S. All crew safe and nothing was stolen.

28.08.2012: 2015 LT: Posn: 00:15.4S – 117:35.9E, Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia. Robbers boarded a bulk carrier at anchor and stole ship’s stores. The robbery was noticed by a crew member when he saw a person jumping overboard and a boat picking him up. Upon inspection it was noticed that the forward storeroom door was forced open to allow access into the store.

28.08.2012: 0300 LT: 06:00N – 001:16E, Lome Anchorage, Togo. Armed pirates boarded and hijacked an anchored product tanker. The Togo Navy received a distress call and dispatched a patrol boat which intercepted the tanker which was already underway. Orders to stop the vessel were ignored and the pirates opened fire at the patrol boat. The patrol boat returned fire. The tanker proceeded into neighbouring country’s waters and escaped. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre informed all authorities in the region and broadcast a warning to ships in the area to look out for the vessel and report any sightings. A search by air and sea was carried out. On 30.08.2012 the pirates released the tanker. The crew and tanker are safe and proceeded to a safe port.

21.08.2012: 0230 UTC: Posn: 09:15.9N – 013:58.3W, Around 23nm SW of Conakry Port, Guinea.
Seven armed robbers in a fast boat approached an anchored general cargo ship during heavy rain. Six robbers boarded the vessel and entered the bridge by firing at and breaking the bridge windows. They took hostage the electrical officer, second officer and third officer, tied their hands and took them to the Masters cabin. They then ransacked the Masters, Chief Eng, 2/Mate, 3/Mate and 2nd Eng cabins, stole cash and other valuable belongings and escaped in their waiting boat. 3/Mate received slight injuries on the face when he was hit during the incident. The Master contacted Conakry port control but no response received.

17.08.2012: 0430-0500 LT: Posn: 21:52N – 091:42E, Kutubdia Anchorage, Bangladesh. Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier, stole ship’s stores from the poop deck and escaped unnoticed. The theft was noticed by duty crew during routine rounds. Port Control and Coast Guard were informed.

10.08.2012: 0100 UTC: Posn: 08:30.0N – 013:32.7W, Freetown Outer anchorage, Sierra Leone. Three robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Alert D/O sighted the robbers and raised the alarm. Crew mustered and Master informed port authority and local agent. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with stolen stores. All crew safe.

09.08.2012: 2100 LT: Posn: 22:09.1N – 091:44.5E, Chittagong Inner Anchorage, Bangladesh. About 10 robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored container ship from the stern. They held one crew member and threatened him with long knives and stole ship’s stores. OOW lost contact with the duty crew and raised the alarm. All crew were mustered and they rushed to the aft mooring station. Upon seeing the crew alertness, the robbers released the duty crew and escaped with the stolen stores.

06.08.2012: 0230 LT: Posn: 06:00.30S – 106:53.59E, Tanjung Priok Anchorage, Jakarta, Indonesia. Four robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They broke open the aft store and stole ship’s property. Duty O/S spotted the robbers, raised alarm and ran after the robbers. While the O/S was grappling with two of the robbers, the other two robbers jumped into the water with the stolen ship property. On seeing the other crew approaching, the remaining two robbers jumped into the water and escaped with their accomplices.

02.08.2012: 0230 LT: Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia. Five robbers armed with long machetes and knives boarded an anchored chemical tanker. Three crew members were taken hostage and their hands were tied. The robbers stole engine spares and escaped. No injuries to crew.

30.07.2012: 0140 LT: Posn: 06:02.5N – 001:16.5E, Lome Anchorage, Togo. Five robbers in a wooden boat approached an anchored chemical tanker. Alarm raised, crew mustered in the citadel and Togo navy notified. The robbers aborted the attempt and moved away upon seeing the navy patrol boat approaching. Later at 0312 LT, another two boats with 16 persons approached and came alongside the vessel from both sides and were observed to investigate the fending arrangements around the vessel. Togo navy failed to respond to calls made by the vessel. Alarm raised and continuous ship’s whistle sounded resulting in the persons moving away.

27.07.2012: 2330 UTC: Posn: 06:05N – 001:18E, Lome Anchorage, around 3nm SxE off breakwater, Togo.
D/O onboard an anchored chemical tanker noticed on radar a wooden boat approaching at a speed of five knots. Lookouts directed the search light towards the approaching boat and 12 armed robbers were identified. Alarm raised and ship’s horn sounded but the boat continued the approach. All crew except duty officer entered the citadel. The D/O tried to call Togo navy without success. After alerting other ships in the vicinity the D/O retreated into the citadel as the robbers boarded the vessel using ropes and hooks. After several attempts to contact the Togo navy directly and later with the assistance from other ships in the vicinity, the D/O finally established communication with the navy and informed them of the boarding. After around 30minutes the a Togo navy boat arrived, confirmed no other boats in the vicinity and informed the D/O to check accommodation and then other areas of the ship. Once the crew established that no robbers onboard the navy personal boarded the vessel, did a complete search of the vessel and took statements from the crew. Nothing stolen and no damages to the tanker.

27.07.2012: 1145 UTC: Posn: 13:34N – 042:39E, Red Sea.
Two white coloured skiffs with seven armed pirates in each skiff approached a bulk carrier underway in the TSS south of Hanish Al Kubra Island from the port and stbd sides. As the skiffs closed to 0.2nm from the vessel, ladders were sighted and the onboard armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs moving away.

18.07.2012: 2040 UTC: Posn: 19:49S – 034:50E, Beira Port, Mozambique.
Robbers boarded a container vessel at berth, stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed. Master informed port authorities and local agent. All crew safe.

17.07.2012: 0145 UTC: Posn: 06:17.3N – 002:28.1E, Around 1nm off fairway buoy, Cotonou Anchorage, Benin. Two robbers armed with guns boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They entered Masters cabin stole ships cash and escaped in a fast small wooden boat. No injuries to crew. Incident reported to authorities who arrived onboard to investigate.

15.07.2012: 0355 UTC: Posn: 09:13.9N – 013:47.4W, Around 22nm SSW of Conakry, Guinea. Seven pirates armed with guns and knives boarded a drifting container ship awaiting berthing instructions. They entered the bridge, took hostage the 2/O and C/O and tied their hands behind their backs. Two pirates took the 2/O and knocked on the Master’s cabin. As the Master opened the door, they slammed it into the Master’s face and then stole ship’s cash and crew personnel belongings. The pirates re-assembled on the bridge and took the crew members as hostage until they disembarked into their waiting boat. Port control and ships in the vicinity have been informed.

04.07.2012: 0655 LT: Posn: 17:39.5N – 083:23.3E, Visakhapatnam Anchorage, India. Six robbers in a long wooden boat with sail and oars came alongside at an anchored LPG Carrier. Two of the robbers boarded the tanker and stole ship properties. OOW noticed the boat and informed the duty A/B to check it. On seeing the robbers at poop deck, the duty A/B chased them. The robbers jumped into the water and escaped with the stolen items with their accomplices waiting in the boat. Alarm raised, port control informed and crew made a search.
03.07.2012: 2050 UTC: Posn: 6:50.4S – 39:17.8E, Dar Es Salaam Port, Tanzania. Robbers boarded a berthed container ship, stole ships stores and escaped unnoticed. The theft was noticed by the duty A/B on rounds. Incident reported to Port Security.
02.07.2012: 0306 LT: Posn: 02:33.7S – 080:06.3W, Around 25nm SW of Guayaquil, Ecuador. About 5-6 robbers in two speed boats approached and boarded a container ship underway using hooks attached with ropes and monkey ladders. Master raised alarm, crew mustered, armed themselves with crowbars and proceeded to the robbers boarding area. 3/O noticed that one of the robbers was armed with a gun and the Master immediately ordered all crewmembers to retreat back to the accommodation and lock all the doors. The robbers commenced throwing some boxes into their boats. Master was unable to increase speed or take evasive manoeuvres due to the available depth and width of navigable water. Once the robbers boats were full of stolen items, they jumped back into their boats and moved away. Due to the darkness and distance the Master was unable to determine if the robbers stole cargo from the containers or ship stores.
30.06.2012:0615 LT: Posn: 02:40.0N-006:08.3E, Around 115nm SW of Bonny Island, Nigeria. Six pirates armed with guns chased and fired upon an Oil Tanker underway. Master enforced anti-piracy measures and managed to evade the boarding. All crew safe, vessel damaged slightly due to gun fire.
30.06.2012: 0210 LT: Posn: 04:01.7N – 006:06.1E, Around 70nm SW of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Armed pirates in a boat chased and fired upon a product tanker underway from Bonny River. The Nigerian armed naval personnel onboard the tanker exchanged fire with the pirates resulting in the pirates aborted the attempted attack after 15 minutes of firing. Crew and vessel safe.
27.06.2012: 1030 UTC: Posn: 14:22.59N – 054:38.26E Around 110nm north of Socotra Island, Yemen, (Off Somalia).
Pirates in a dhow approached a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm and took evasive manoeuvres. As the dhow closed the onboard armed security team fired warning shots. The dhow continued to ignored the warning shots and continued to approach. Two pirates hiding under a blanket appeared with guns and fired upon the ship. there was an exchange of fire between the onboard security team and the pirates until the pirates aborted the attack and moved away. No injuries to crew. At the time of the incident Master reported wind direction and force as SSW x 7.
26.06.2012: 2215 LT: Posn: 22:10.5N – 091:42.6E, Chittagong Anchorage ‘B’, Bangladesh.
Two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored container ship just after a heavy rain shower. One of the robbers attacked the deck watch-keeper at the aft station who immediately reported to the bridge and managed to run inside the accommodation. Alarm raised. By the time the crew mustered it was noticed that around 15 robbers in the boat were moving way with stolen ship stores. Master informed the Coast Guard who responded immediately.
20.06.2012: 1200 UTC: Posn: 20:29N – 059:03E, 13nm East of Masirah, Oman (Off Somalia)
Pirates hijacked a dhow and took her seven crew members as hostage. Authorities informed.

18.06.2012: 1105 UTC: Posn: 12:19N – 043:57E, Gulf of Aden.
Six skiffs with 4-6 pirates in each skiff approached a bulk carrier underway at 25 knots from the stbd bow. Master raised alarm, increased speed, altered course and sent distress message. The skiffs attempted to close onto the vessel from the stbd beam and stbd quarter and one skiff tried to approach from the port bow. The onboard armed security team fired eight warning flares but the pirates continued their attempts. Weapons and ladders were identified in the skiff. After nearly 40 minutes the security team fired six warning shots and the pirates aborted and moved away. A naval ship came for assistance.

17.06.2012: 0030 LT: 17:00N – 082:18E, Kakinada Anchorage, India.
Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty A/B on rounds heard two robbers talking to each other on the forecastle. He immediately informed the 2/O on bridge who raised the alarm and sounded ship’s whistle continuously. The duty A/B heard a motor boat moving away from the vicinity of the forecastle. On inspection a new mooring rope was found partially hacked into small pieces on the deck. Kakinada port control was called on VHF but no response received. Ship’s agent was informed and security message transmitted via VHF to warn other ships at the anchorage.
12.06.2012: 0300 UTC: Posn: 13:20.2N – 042:56.9E, Red Sea.
A tanker underway noticed a white skiff with two outboard motors approach her at more than 25 knots. Initially two pirates were observed in the skiff and as the skiff closed five more were observed to surface from the skiff floor. As the skiff continued to approach aggressively and at a distance of around 200 meters from the tanker the Master authorised the armed team to fire warning shots. After around 1 hour 25 minutes another two white skiffs with twin outboard motors and doing more than 25 knots were observed approaching the tanker. The armed team again showed their weapons, fired rocket flares and at a distance of 200 meters fired warning shots. In both incidents the non essential crew retreated into the citadel, a distress was sent for assistance. A surveillance aircraft was dispatched which arrived at the location.
10.06.2012: 1745 UTC: Posn: 31:13.7N – 029:42.4E, El Dekheila Anchorage, Egypt.
An anchored bulk carrier was boarded by robbers via the hawse pipe by forcibly removing the secured anchor chain cover. The portside watertight door padlock was broken open and contents from the port liferaft stolen. Alarm was raised when D/O noticed that the portside watertight door was partly opened and duty A/B and boatswain investigated. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped in a small boat with the stolen stores.

04.06.2012: 0230 LT: Posn: 03:57.44N – 098:46.57E, Belawan Outer Anchorage, Indonesia. Seven robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier at forecastle. Duty A/B and D/O noticed the robbers and alarm raised. Upon seeing the crew alertness, the robbers threatened the crew with long knives and escaped empty handed in their waiting boat. Port control and vessels in the vicinity informed.
01.06.2012: 0145 UTC: Posn: 06:19.34N – 003:29.41E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria. Three armed persons boarded the tanker from a wooden boat. Alarm raised and all crew retreated into the citadel. After four hours the crew emerged from the citadel and found that they had left. No damage and all crew reported safe.
30.05.2012: 0320 LT: Port of Alger, Algeria. Duty crew at aft mooring deck onboard a berthed bulk carrier noticed two robbers trying to open the port life raft. He reported to D/O who raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon seeing the alert crew, the robbers dropped the life raft into the water, jumped overboard and escaped empty handed by jumping on the pier. Crew managed to recover the life raft and brought it back onboard the ship in open position. Port control informed.
27.05.2012: 2355 LT: Posn: 02:17.0S – 079:54.1W, Contecon Guayaquil Terminal, Ecuador. Four robbers armed with knives boarded a berthed container ship during formality inspection by the immigration and customs department. Duty bosun noticed the robbers boarding the vessel from seaward side using ropes and hooks. One of the robbers was proceeding aft towards the accommodation. Bosun reported to Master and Chief Officer via the walkie talkie and alarm raised. On seeing the alert crew the robber on deck ran towards the bosun waving his knife. All the four robbers jumped overboard and escaped with their three accomplices waiting in the boat. Port authority informed and a coast guard boat was dispatched to search the area.
23.05.2012: 1300 UTC: Posn: 12:45N – 043:18E, Bab El Mandeb Straits, Red Sea. Pirates in three skiffs approached a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, informed UKMTO and alerted the armed security team onboard. Weapons sighted on the skiffs when they closed to 300 metres from the ship. The armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the pirates aborted the attempted attack and moved away.
23.05.2012: 0900 UTC: Posn: 25:29.6N – 057:16.8E Around 28nm WSW of Bandar-e-Jask, Iran, (Off Somalia).
D/O onboard a general cargo ship underway noticed a group of 10 skiffs at a distance of 2nm from the ship on the stbd side. The forward skiff broke off from the group and approached the ship at a speed of 20-25 knots. Master and security team informed. Alarm raised, fire hoses and SSAS activated. UKMTO and navies informed. The ship increased speed and commenced manoeuvring away from the skiffs. As the skiffs closed to 500meters the armed security team fired warning shots. The skiffs ignored the warning shots and continued to approach aggressively and weapons were sighted on the skiffs. As the skiffs closed to 300meters the security team once again fired at the skiffs and it was noticed that the skiffs returned fire towards the ship. Eleven additional skiffs were sighted on the port side advancing towards the ship. As the security team fired warning shots these skiffs stopped and moved away. The skiffs on the stbd side continued to chase the ship and then after around 12 minutes from the initial approach the skiffs moved away towards a large dhow in the vicinity. No damages and no injuries to crew.
18.05.2012: 2240 LT: Posn: 03:42.7S – 114:26.8E, Taboneo Anchorage, Banjarmasin, Indonesia. Duty A/B on roving deck patrol noticed five robbers in the forward store. Two of the robbers threatened him with a knife and the A/B escaped and informed D/O who raised alarm and alerted all crew. By the time the crew members went forward the robbers had escaped with stolen ship’s stores.
17.05.2012: 0740 UTC: Posn: 09:58.2N – 083:00.1W: Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. Five robbers in a boat were noticed by alert deck watchmen alongside their container ship with boat hooks in an attempt to board. Duty officer raised alarm and reported to port authorities. Seeing the alert crews the robbers aborted the attempt and moved away.
15.05.2012: 0100 UTC: Suez anchorage, Egypt. Robbers boarded an anchored tanker, broke into the forecastle store, stole ship stores and escaped unnoticed. Upon investigation it was learnt that the robbery took place between the deck security rounds carried out by the crew.
14.05.2012: 2300-2345 LT: Posn: 29:50.1N – 032:31.6E, Port Suez Anchorage, Egypt. Robbers boarded an anchored product tanker unnoticed, stole ship stores and escaped unnoticed. The theft occurred during a sandstorm when the duty A/B was called into the accommodation. Port control informed.
13.05.2012: 0545 UTC: Posn: 03:46.6N – 077:27.4W, Around 9.4nm from Isla La Palma, Buenaventura, Colombia.
Four robbers boarded a bulk carrier drifting waiting for berthing instructions. Alarm raised. Crew mustered and approached with steel pipes. The robbers jumped overboard and escaped with stolen ship’s stores.
12.05.2012: 1140 UTC: Posn: 13:52N-042:52E, Red Sea. About 12 pirates chased and closed in to 0.2nm from a LPG Tanker underway. Master enforced anti piracy measures and increased speed. The onboard security team displayed their weapons and the boats then moved away. All crew and vessel are safe.
12.05.2012: 0500 LT: Posn: 01:11.1S – 117:13.9E, Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier and stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed. The theft was noticed by the duty A/B during routine rounds on deck.
10.05.2012: 1200 LT: Posn: 03:42S-114:27E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier during cargo operations, stole ship’s stores from forecastle and escaped before being spotted by the crew. Authorities informed and boarded the vessel for inspection.
10.05.2012: 0923 UTC: Posn: 15:58N – 061:02E, (Around 250nm SE of Ras Al Madrakah, Oman), Off Somalia. Ten Pirates in two skiffs armed with automatic weapons chased a crude oil tanker underway. The tanker enforced anti piracy measures, increased speed, made evasive manoeuvres and managed to evade the boarding attempt resulting in the skiffs regrouping with the mother ship in the vicinity. Later, the skiffs launched a second attack on the tanker, approached at a speed of 24knots and managed to successfully board and hijack the vessel and take hostage the 26 crew members.
10.05.2012: 1010 UTC: Posn: 14:18N – 058:27E (Around 260nm ENE of Socotra Island, Yemen), Off Somalia. Six pirates in a skiff approached and fired upon a tanker underway from a distance of 500 meters. The armed security team returned fired resulting in the skiff aborting and moving away.
09.05.2012: 1000 UTC: Posn: 10:40N – 060:04E (Around 345nm ESE of Socotra Island, Yemen), Off Somalia. Pirates in two skiffs armed with AK47 and RPG approached a crude tanker underway. At a distance of 50 meters from the vessel the pirates fired seven RPG rounds and more than 300 rounds from AK47 firing upon the tanker. Effective anti piracy measures resulted in the skiffs aborting and moving away. No injuries to crew however vessel sustained damage due to the firing.
07.05.2012: 0310 UTC: Posn: 08:17.7N-056:29.8E, Around 275nm SSE of Socotra Island, Yemen. (Off Somalia)
Pirates in three skiffs approach and attempted to board a container ship underway. Alarm sounded and all non essential crew mustered in the citadel. Rocket parachute flares fired to warn the approaching skiffs. When the skiffs closed to less than 0.5nm the on board security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs aborting the attack and moving away.

29.04.2012: Posn: 1326N 04239E, South Red Sea (SRS).A merchant vessel reported a suspicious approach by four grey skiffs in vicinity of  (SRS) in position . The majority of the people on board two of the four skiffs were carrying weapons. Vessel is SAFE.

26.04.2012: 0740 LT: Posn: 11:56N – 044:39E, 19nm from point alfa, IRTC, Gulf of Aden.
Four skiffs with about 3-4 pirates armed with AK 47 rifles chased a tanker underway. All crew except Master and crew necessary to man vessel and security team went into citadel. The pirates approached the vessel very close to 0.4 nm on stbd aft. due to anti piracy measures and warning shots from security team, the skiffs aborted the attack. Crew and vessel safe and continued her passage.

26.04.2012: 0130 LT: Posn: 06:02N – 001:15E, 6.1nm SSE of Lome, Togo.
Two boats with 8 men each approached an anchored oil tanker, one forward position and one aft. Spotlights were directed on two boats to track their movements. Informed Master and Togo navy. Long ropes were sighted when they come close to board but deck watchkeepers dettered their boarding. The boatmen began to move away when they were informed that togo navy has been informed. Later spotted a boat with 10 men. searchlights were focused on the boat. Long ropes were sighted when they came near to starboard qtr. The boat moved away when they were warned about Togo navy.

24.04.2012: 0130 LT: Posn: 01:14.4N – 103:35.5.E Singapore Straits.
While at anchor, robbers boarded a container ship, stole ships stores and escaped.

22.04.2012:0400 UTC:Posn: 14:58.2N-042:01.8E, around 53nm West of Al Hudaydah, Yemen, Red Sea.
Pirates in three skiffs approach and attempted to board a chemical tanker underway. On boaard security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs aborting the attack.

20.04.2012: 0520 LT: Posn: 01:10.6S 117:15E, Samarinda Anchorage (Muara Jawa), Indonesia.
During rounds on deck duty AB onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed a boat near the forecastle. Suddenly eight robbers appeared on deck, tied the AB’s hands and feet, made him lie down on deck and started lowering the mooring ropes. The AB managed to free his feet and ran aft for help and inform duty officer. Alarm raised and all crew proceeded to the forecastle. Robbers manage to escape with stolen ships stores and ships properties. Local authorities informed but received no response.

17.04.2012: 1920 LT: Guayaquil Inner Anchorage. Ecuador.
Seven robbers in a small fast craft approached and came alongside a container ship underway during a river passage. Alert crew noticed the robbers with a ladder attempting to board and raised the alarm. Seeing the alert crew the robbers aborted the attempt and moved away. Pilot reported to Harbour Control.

17.04.2012: South China Sea. A tug towing a barge was hijacked while enroute from Langkawi, Malaysia to Tawau, East Malaysia. The tug and tow had left Langkawi on 12.04.2012. The last contact the Owners had with the tug was on 16.4.2012 after which the vessel was hijacked. The seven crew members of the tug were set adrift and were rescued by a Vietnamese fishing vessel and safely landed in Vietnam. The barge was located in the vicinity of Palawan island, Philippines on the 26.4.2012 by the Philippines Coast Guard. The hijacked tug is still missing.

14.04.2012: 0652 UTC: Posn: 16:54N – 065:59E (Around 410nm WSW of Mumbai, India), Off Somalia.
Seven pirates armed with guns in a skiff approached a chemical tanker underway at high speed. Alarm sounded and armed security team mustered. When the skiff was 0.5nm from the vessel the armed security team fired warning shots and the skiff aborted the approach. A mother vessel was sighted in the vicinity.

12.04.2012: 0025 UTC: 05:58.5N – 001:16.8E, Around 9.6nm South of Lome Breakwater, Lome, Togo.
Two robbers armed with machine guns boarded an anchored tanker and entered the engine room and accommodation.
Alert crew raised the alarm and all crew retreated into the citadel. Attempts to contact the authorities failed but the sister ship of the vessel in the vicinity relayed the area message to the Togo navy. A Naval team boarded vessel for investigation. No injuries to crew.

04.04.2012: 0230 UTC: Lome Anchorage, Togo.
Ten robbers in a boat came alongside and attempted to board an anchored product tanker. Alert duty officer raised alarm and informed Togo navy and directed the search light towards the boat resulting in the boat moving towards another vessel in the anchorage. Later another boat with six robbers approached the tanker at high speed. Alarm raised and crew alerted. Seeing crew alertness and the razor wire rigged the robbers moved away. The Master heaved up anchor and proceeded to a safe distance.

03.04.2012: 0230 LT: Posn: Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty crew onboard an anchored chemical tanker spotted two robbers armed with long knives. He immediately informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and sounded the ships whistle. Seeing crew alerted the robbers escaped. Port control contacted but no response.

26.03.2012: 0240 UTC: 05:21S – 049:18E, Around 370nm west of Victoria, Seychelles (Off Somalia). Four armed pirates in a skiff chased and fired 30 rounds on a tanker underway. The tanker enforced anti piracy measures and onboard security team returned fire resulting in the skiff aborting the attack moving away. The crew and vessel safe.

24.03.2012: 2215 LT: Posn: Port Au Prince Anchorage, Haiti. Two boats approached an anchored product tanker during heavy rain. Duty crew noticed there were 2-3 armed robbers on each boat and one robber threatened him by waiving a hand gun. One of the robbers armed with machete managed to board the tanker and was seen cutting the mooring rope on the poop deck. OOW raised the alarm and contacted pilot station for assistance. On hearing the alarm, the robber jumped into the water with the stolen stores and escaped in their boat. A coast guard boat came to the location and manoeuvred around the tanker. Master heaved up the anchor and proceed to drift outside the anchorage area.

24.03.2012: 1100 UTC: Posn: 20:49N – 062:27E Around 190nm ENE of Sur, Oman(Off Somalia). Duty officer onboard a tanker underway noticed a mother vessel at a distance of 6nm. At a distance of 4nm the mother vessel was noticed launching a skiff. Master alerted the onboard security team. The skiff approached the vessel at a speed of around 25-30 knots. Master raised alarm, sent distress message and altered course. As the skiff closed to around 1000 meters the onboard security team launched a rocket flare and fired two warning shots resulting in the skiffs stopping and moving towards the tanker’s stern. The skiff with 6-7 pirates maintained a distance of 1nm and continued to chase the tanker. Only when the armed security team fired more warning shots did the skiff stop and abort the attack and return to the mother vessel. A warship responded to the distress message and sent a surveillance aircraft to the location.

23.03.2012: 1720 UTC Posn: 22:37.50N – 063:31.80E (Around 220nm east of Sur, Oman), Off Somalia. Master onboard a general cargo ship noticed three skiffs approaching at high speed. The skiffs were observed following the ship as she altered course to move away. Seeing this Master alerted security team who fired warning shots when the skiff were observed 15/20 feet away from the ship. The skiffs moved away.

22.03.2012: 0825 UTC: Posn: 02:57.20N – 006:12.45E, Around 100nm SW off Bonny Island, Nigeria. Armed pirates in two boats chased a chemical tanker underway. Master raised the alarm, sent SSAS alert and instructed the crew to proceed to the safe room. Nearby US warship responded to the alert and offered assistance. Later the pirates aborted and moved away. All crew reported safe.

19.03.2012: 0300 UTC: Posn: 05:40N – 053:23E, Around 520nm NE of Mogadishu, Somalia. About six pirates armed with guns in a skiff chased and fired upon a container ship underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed and crew mustered in a safe place. The onboard armed security team returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack. No injuries to crew.

18.03.2012: 2130 LT: Posn: 01:18S – 116:47E, Balikpapan Inner Anchorage, Indonesia. Three robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They broke into the forward store and stole ship stores. Duty A/B and 3/E spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped in their waiting boat. Port authorities informed.

17.03.2012: 0633 UTC: Posn: 13:09N – 048:52E, Gulf of Aden. A skiff was noticed approaching a product tanker underway. D/O raised alarm, informed the Master and security team. Master increased speed, altered course and contacted warship for assistance. About 5-6 pirates armed with guns and RPG in the skiff closed to 4-5 cables and fired upon the tanker. The onboard armed security team returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. A warship dispatched a helicopter to the location. No injuries to crew and ship.

14.03.2012:0110 UTC: Posn: 05:51.95S-013:03.11E, Boma Anchorage, Dem. Rep. Congo. Ten robbers in two boats boarded an anchored Refrigerated Cargo Ship. They took duty A/B as hostage and attempted to enter the forward cargo hold by breaking the entrance hatch seal. Robbers escaped after 30 minutes with ship cargo and stores. The hostage A/B was slightly injured after being kicked in the back. Port control called but no reply received.

11.03.2012: 0130 LT: Posn: 06:01S – 106:53E, Tanjung Priok Outer Anchorage, Indonesia. Two robbers in a fishing boat boarded an anchored bulk carrier during heavy rain. They entered the engine store room. The duty oiler on routine rounds spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped with the stolen ship property. Port control informed.

10.03.2012: 0800 UTC: Posn: 12:32.5N – 043:26.8E, Red Sea. One skiff approached and chased a tanker underway. Master raised alarm, activated anti-piracy measures and contacted an Iranian warship for assistance. Seeing the warship the pirates aborted the attempted attack.

07.03.2012: 1030 UTC: Posn: 04:12.5N – 006:54.6E, Around 5.8nm off Port Harcourt Fairway Buoy, Nigeria. Seven heavily armed robbers in a speed boat approached a chemical tanker underway. The tanker raised alarm, increased speed and set course away from land. The armed naval guards onboard the vessel made their presence known. Later, the robbers aborted the attempted attack and moved away.

03.03.2012: 2355 LT: Posn: 17:02.88N-082:25.15E, Kakinada Anchorage, India. Around ten robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the forecastle. Duty watchmen saw the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped in two boats with stolen ship stores. Master informed Port Control and local agent. No casualties to crew and no damage to ship.

28.02.2012: 1510 UTC: Posn: 04:12N – 006:56E, 3nm from Fairway Buoy Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Eight pirates armed with guns in a wooden boat boarded and started firing towards the bridge and galley on an anchored refrigerated cargo ship. The pirates ransacked the ship and stole crew cash, personnel effects and ship cash and properties. They took hostage the Master and C/E and escaped. The ship informed the local authorities through the agents and sailed to a safe distance without the presence of Master and C/E onboard. One crew wounded and one crew unaccounted for.

27.02.2012: 0430 UTC: Posn: 12:29N – 043:41E, Bab El Mandeb Straits, Red Sea.
A bulk carrier underway noticed nine skiffs approaching aggressively at stbd side and one skiff at port side. Master raised alarm, increased speed and began evasive manoeuvres. One skiff with 10-15 pirates onboard close in to a distance of less than one nm and the security team fired warning shots. The skiff stopped its approach for a moment and began to chase the ship again. Then, the security team fired more warning shots resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack and rejoin with the other skiffs and continued to drift.

22.02.2012: 1130 UTC: Posn: 13:30N – 050:22E, Gulf of Aden. A tanker underway sighted a skiff at 1.6nm approaching at around 20knots. A suspicious dhow was sighted in the vicinity. Master sent distress to navies and informed UKMTO. As the skiff approached weapons were sighted and the onboard armed security team fired a warning shot. Following this the pirates immediately fired upon the tanker with AK-47. There was an exchange of fire between the armed team and the pirates with around 50 – 60 rounds being fired by the pirates before aborting and moving away. A naval helicopter was dispatched.

18.02.2012: 0700 UTC: Posn: 05:29S – 064:02E (Around 500nm east of Seychelles), Off Somalia. A chemical tanker underway noticed a skiff at a distance of 2nm. As the skiff approached to 0.5nm it stopped and five to six pirates with RPGs and automatic weapons were noticed. The onboard armed security team fired warning shots which resulted in the skiff returning fire and then moving away.

16.01.2012: 0350 LT: Posn: 06:18N – 003:20E, Lagos anchorage, Nigeria. OOW on board an anchored chemical tanker noticed two heavily armed pirates on deck and raised the alarm. Master contacted the navy on VHF Ch 16 but received no response. Non-essential crew locked themselves in a safe location. The pirates made their way to the bridge, fired warnings shots and gained entry into the bridge. They assaulted the Master and stole his personal effects. In the meantime another 10 pirates arrived and ordered the Master to heave up anchor and chief engineer to start engines. The pirates were very aggressive and highly agitated and forced all crew members to lie down on the bridge floor. Under the pirates command, the vessel sailed to a location approximately 80-100nm south of Lagos. The crew were forced to prepare the vessel for lightering operations. On 20 Jan, all crew members were locked in the smoke room and the lightering commenced. None of the crew members were able to see the lightering ship. On 21 Jan, the pirates disembarked at position 06:04N – 004:28E after stealing crew cash and personal effects and ship cash. The Master returned to Lagos anchorage where authorities boarded for investigation. No injuries to crew but vessel sustained damage during lightering operations.

15.02.2012: 1650 UTC: Posn: 09:57N – 076:02E, Around 2.5 nm South of SPM, Cochin Anchorage, India. About 20 robbers in two boats approached an anchored tanker and attempted to board her. The lookout crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. The robbers aborted the attack upon seeing the crew alertness and moved away.

14.02.2012: 1930 LT: Posn: Around 35 nm of Masirah Island, Oman (Off Somalia). 12 pirates armed with guns in a 20 feet dhow, brown in colour, name written as Hander, attacked and boarded a fishing vessel while engaged in fishing activities. They took hostage eight crewmembers, stole their personal belongings, cash, 2 drums of diesel and all food items available onboard the fishing vessel and escaped. No injuries to crew. The fishing vessel reported the incident to Omani authorities. The dhow with pirates onboard was reported to be operating South West of Masirah Island.

13.02.2012: 0250 UTC: Posn: 04:43N – 003:44E, Around 110nm south of Lagos, Nigeria. Eight armed pirates boarded a drifting bulk carrier awaiting berthing instructions. The pirates took hostage Chief cook and forced him to take them to Master’s cabin. They fired 20 shots to force open master’s cabin door. Pirates fired two shots at Master and removed ship’s safe from the cabin. Then the pirates tried to enter Chief Engr cabin. During this the Chief Engr attempted to escape through cabin port hole window by using two bedsheets tied together to climb down from the port hole. During this attempt, he fell through and as a result of serious injuries he died. Later, the pirates took the Chief cook along until they went into their boat and ordered him to runaway. A French warship which was in the area and received the IMB PRC broadcast warning went to the aid of the vessel. A boarding team boarded the vessel and the warship escorted her to Lagos port. On arrival at the inner anchorage Lagos port the authorities boarded the vessel and provided medical assistance to the crew. Later all 18 crew members and bodies of Master and Chief Engr were taken ashore. The authorities are investigating the case.

12.02.2012: 0220 LT: Posn: 20:40N – 107:14E, Cailan Outer Anchorage, Vietnam. A gang of seven robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier using a hook and a rope. Duty A/B noticed the robbers and informed bridge who raised the alarm. All crew mustered. The robbers threatened the duty A/B with knives, broke the forepeak store lock and stole ship’s stores. Crewmembers tried to stop the robbers but they threw knives, sticks and iron rod at them and started lowering the stolen stores into their boat. The Master stopped the crew from confronting the robbers as some of them were armed with pistols. The robbers escaped with the stolen stores in a small motor boat. Master attempted to contact the port control but received no response.

11.02.2012: 1913 UTC: Posn: 05:11.5N-003:27.1E, 74nm south of Lagos fairway buoy, Nigeria. A general cargo vessel underway noticed on radar two boats approaching from astern. As the boats closed they fired upon the vessel. Alarm raised and crew mustered in a safe area. The boats chased the vessel for around 25 minutes before aborting and moving away. All crew safe. Ship sustained gun shot damages.

10.02.2012: 0400 LT: 07:06.5S – 112:39.8E, Gresik Port Inner Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored general cargo ship, stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed. Incident was reported to the local authorities.

09.02.2012: 1300 UTC: Posn: 18:44N – 061:32E, Around 180nm SE of Masirah Island, Oman (Off Somalia). C/O onboard a container ship underway noticed two suspicious boats in the vicinity. He informed the Master and started tracking the boats. It was observed that a red hull fishing vessel and a white skiff were chasing the ship. The skiff was observed to be doing around 19 knots. Alarm raised and anti piracy measures taken by Master and crew. As ships speed was greater than the skiff the distance between them increased and the skiff slowed down and stopped after 45 minutes.

09.02.2012: 1402 UTC: 04:57.7N – 002:16.7E, Around 83nm South of Cotonou, Benin. Pirates boarded and hijacked a product tanker drifting whilst awaiting orders and sailed to an unknown location.

08.02.2012: 0730 UTC: Posn: 04 18 S, 059 59 E, Around 280nm East of Seychelles Island. The OOW onboard a VLCC sighted two skiffs approaching. The VLCC increased speed to maximum and made evasive manoeuvres and applied anti piracy measures. The skiff had 5 pirates carrying guns and ladder. Onboard security team fired warning shots at the skiff as a result the skiff stopped approaching.

07.02.2012: 1300 UTC: Posn: 16:00N-062:26E, Arabian Sea (Somalia). Pirates attacked and hijacked a Bulk Carrier underway. Pirates sailed the vessel towards Somalia coast.

06.02.2012: 0442 UTC: Posn: 05:03S – 066:08E, Around 400nm NW of Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean (Off Somalia). Pirates in two white coloured skiffs approached a chemical tanker underway. OOW informed the Master who raised the alarm and activated anti piracy measures. As the skiffs approached the onboard armed team fired warning shots which were ignored by the skiffs. As the skiffs continued to approach the vessel at high speed the armed team again fired warning shots which resulted in the skiffs moving away.

04.02.2012: 0110 UTC: Posn: 04:46S – 011:47E, Point Noire anchorage, The Congo. Duty watch onboard an anchored container ship noticed wet footprints on the deck and the padlock to the bowthruster room broken. He informed the OOW who noticed a small boat alongside the vessel near the starboard midship. OOW raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon inspection a number of stores were found broken into and ship’s stores and equipment stolen. Master contacted port control but did not receive any response.

01.02.2012: Night Hrs: Posn: 01:07N – 104:10E, Batam Outer Anchorage, Indonesia. Robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker, stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed.

28.01.2012: 1042 UTC: Posn: 04:55N – 058:14E, around 620nm NE of Mogadishu, Somalia. A general cargo ship underway noticed a mother ship lowering a skiff. The skiff with five armed pirates was seen approaching the vessel. The onboard armed security team fired warning flares which were ignored by the skiff. As the skiff approached the vessel, at a distance of 500 meters the security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiff aborting and moving away.

28.01.2012: 0450 LT: Posn: 01:43.8S – 116:38.3E, Adang Bay Anchorage, Indonesia. Four robbers armed with a gun and knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier during cargo operations. The robbers tried to attack the duty A/B, who managed to escape and inform the 2/O. Alarm raised and all crew mustered and proceeded towards the robbers. The robbers fired four shots and escaped with ship’s stores. No injuries to crew. Incident reported to pilot station.

28.01.2012: 0340 LT: Posn: 05:48N – 118:05E, Sandakan Inner Anchorage, Sabah, Malaysia. Robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker. Duty A/B on rounds sighted the robbers armed with long knives and immediately informed the duty officer. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores.

27.01.2012: 2230 LT: Posn: 20:38.4N – 106:53.0E, Haiphong anchorage, Vietnam. Eight robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored container ship. They took the duty A/B hostage, forced him into the bosun store and tied him up. The robbers stole ship stores and escaped. As the A/B was not answering calls on the walkie talkie a search party was sent forward and rescued the A/B. Master tried to contact Haiphong port control but received no response.

27.01.2012: 0055 LT: Posn: 00:02.80N – 050:59.70W, Macapa anchorage, Amazon river, Brazil. Four robbers in a small unlit boat approached an anchored bulk carrier. The deck watch crew noticed the robbers climbing up the anchor chain and trying to remove the hawse pipe cover and informed the bridge. OOW immediately raised the alarm and activated the fire pump to start anchor wash. The robbers aborted the boarding and escaped in their boat. Port control and ships in the vicinity were informed.

26.01.2012: 2335 UTC: Posn: 02:26N – 079:18W, 45nm off Tomaco, Colombia. Three suspected armed pirates in black military uniforms chased a container ship underway in a white hulled speed boat. The vessel increased speed, made evasive manoeuvres and crew mustered. The boat aborted the attempt and moved away after chasing the vessel for 45 minutes.

24.01.2012: 0430 UTC Posn: 13:12.4N – 043:01.85E: Red Sea.  Security team onboard a bulk carrier underway reported two skiffs were approaching the vessel. There were a total of seven skiffs in the vicinity. The 1st. skiff had six pirates armed with AK47. No weapons were seen in the 2nd. skiff which had four pirates. The vessel enforced anti piracy measures, made evasive manoeuvres and two armed guards were placed on the stbd & port bridge wings. Upon sighting the armed guards the skiffs aborted the attack and moved away.

20.01.2012: 1045 UTC: Posn: 24:53.4N – 057:27.4E, around 95nm NW of Muscat, Oman, Gulf of Oman (Off Somalia).
Twelve pirates in a grey coloured skiff approached a tanker underway. As the skiff closed to the vessel ladders were sighted. Alarm raised, non-essential crew mustered in the citadel and the master took anti-piracy measures. As the skiff manoeuvred towards the vessel the onboard security team fired warning shots resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack.

06.01.2012: 0430 LT: Posn: 14:36.7N – 120:53.3E, Manila MICT Anchorage, Philippines. A duty crew onboard an anchored container ship waiting for pilot was taken hostage by robbers using a long knife. They tied up the duty crew hit him and stole ship stores. Another crew approaching the anchor stations noticed the robbers and informed the OOW on the bridge who raised the alarm. Seeing alerted crew the robbers escaped via the anchor chain. Master reported the incident to the pilot and requested him to inform the port authorities. Coast guard came for investigation.

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