Posted on October 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel at Indonesia's Belawan Anchorage.
Category: Aggravated Robbery/Boarding
Date: 23rd of October
Location: Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia
Position: 3° 54.4’ N, 98° 47.25’ E
The anchored Marshall Islands-flagged Bulk Carrier, TOMINI DYNASTY was boarded during the early morning hours of October the 23rd while anchored at Indonesia's Belawan Anchorage. The incident occurred at approximately 01:30 am in the morning.
The duty crewman noticed a small boat near the anchor chain and proceeded to instruct the boat to move away, as the vessel was about to heave the anchor. The crewman was about to raise the alarm when two armed perpetrators, who had already boarded the ship, held the seafarer at knifepoint and tied bim up.
When the ship was ready to heave up the anchor, the remaining crew members moved towards the forecastle. Upon noticing them, the perpetrators stole the duty crewman's walkie-talkie and escaped through the hawsepipe, having first opened the security cover.
The incident was then reported to the local port authority. When the ship reached the berthing area, the Indonesian Marine Police boarded the vessel in order to investigate further.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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