Posted on April 08, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a vessel in Guayas Province, Ecuador.
Category: Attempted Boarding
Date: 1st of April
Location: Guayas Province, Ecuador
Position: 02:31.8S – 080:05.4W
A containership was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Guayas region of Ecuador. The incident occurred during the morning hours of April 1st. At approximately 07:45 UTC, the Duty Officer onboard the vessel noticed a fast-moving target on the radar approaching from astern. The crew was alerted and searchlights were directed towards the approaching boat. Soon enough, a second boat was noticed approaching the vessel.
The first boat with approximately 10 people on board carrying grappling hooks, approached the ship, while the 2nd boat approached from the starboard side and attempted to hook on a telescopic ladder onto the ship's rails.
The pilot immediately notified the local port control and Coast Guard. The pirates then proceeded to fire towards the searchlight, which led to the crew seeking refuge in the superstructure.
Later, the boats aborted their boarding attempt and moved away. Crew & Vessel are considered safe.
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