Posted on January 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was robbed while anchored off Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast.
Date: 19th of January
Location: Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast
Position: 05:12.4N – 004:02.8W
A merchant vessel was robbed by pirates while anchored at Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast. The robbery occurred at approximately 22:40 UTC, in the evening of January the 19th. Two pirates armed with long knives boarded an anchored product tanker. During routine rounds, a Duty OS noticed a ladder hooked to the ship's rail and two robbers near the poop deck winch.
Crew member notified the officer on watch, who proceeded to raise the alarm. The master then directed the searchlight towards the poop deck, at which point the robbers escaped, having successfully robbed the ship's stores.
Vessel and crew are considered safe.
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