Posted on February 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel in India.
Date: 3rd of February
Location: Oil Jetty No. 4, Kandia Port, India
Position: 23:02.02N – 070:13.39E
The Singapore-flagged chemical tanker, Maersk Erik, was boarded by pirates while docked at Oil Jetty No.4, Kandia Port, India. The incident occurred at approximately 16:30 UTC, in the afternoon of February the 3rd. During routine rounds, the Chief Officer noticed a boat under the forecastle and proceeded to notify the deck crew. Upon noticing that the alarm was raised, the boat moved away from the vessel. Following a closer inspection by the crew, they noticed that a store-room had been broken into, but nothing was reported stolen.
Port authorities were notified of the incident. Vessel and crew are considered safe.
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