Posted on October 11, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Maritime Piracy Security Report -  5th to the 11th of October

Maritime Piracy Report - October 11th 2019

 

1st Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 3rd of October

Location: Accra, Ghana

Position: 4°07'03.4"N 1°42'26.4"E

 

An LPG Tanker was approached by two speedboats while in transit off the coast of Ghana on October the 3rd. The incident occurred during daytime hours, some 127 nautical miles southeast of Accra. As the two speedboats were approaching the vessel, the Master decided to increase speed and implement evasive maneuvres as per BMP.

After a 30 minute chase, the two speedboats aborted their attack.

Vessel & crew are considered safe.

 

2nd Incident

 

Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 3rd of October

Location: Gopnath Point, India

Position: 21° 8.5’ N 70° 7.2’ E

 

The Tanzanian-flagged Offshore Supply Vessel, ASD Jaguar was robbed during the afternoon hours of October 3rd, while being towed off the coast of India. The incident occurred at approximately 16:30 hours, some 3 nautical miles west of Gopnath Point. 

The vessel had been towed by the tug, Bateleur, and was bound for Bhavnagar for demolition. The Master of the tug noticed three individuals boarding the ASD Jaguar and making off with ship stores before escaping.

The Master then proceeded to report the incident to VTS Khambat, who in turn reported it to the Indian Coast Guard. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 

 

3rd Incident

 

Venezuelan pirates operating out of the island of Patos, have reportedly kidnapped three Trinidadian fishermen for ransom.

Reportedly, the three fishermen left Icacos Point, Trinidad during the early morning hours of Tuesday the 8th of October.

However, they were captured by Venezuelan pirates who allegedly, are based out of Patos Island; Patos is one of Venezuela’s small uninhabited islands that serves as a hideout for gangs that kidnap and engage in gun & drug smuggling.

According to the local police, the incident occurred at approximately 7 am in the morning, about half a mile from the shore.

Local sources suggest that the pirates forced the fishermen onto their vessel at gunpoint.

A local non-governmental organization, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, has revealed that a ransom has been demanded for the men’s safe return.

“We con­tin­ue to ap­peal to Prime Min­is­ter Row­ley and Min­is­ter Young of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty to ad­vise the Na­tion as to what steps are be­ing tak­en to en­sure safe­ty at sea. The Gov­ern­ment owes us a du­ty of care to en­sure that they are able to safe­guard our men at sea and to re­spond in a time­ly man­ner to emer­gen­cies, “ said Gary Aboud, the Secretary of the aforementioned organization in a statement to the press.

The negotiations with the pirates are currently ongoing, and the relatives remain tight-lipped as to the information they provide to the authorities and the press.

 

 

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