Posted on September 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Maritime Piracy Security Report -  14th to the 20th of September

Weekly Maritime Piracy Report - September 20th

 

1st Incident

 

Category: Suspicious/Irregular Activity

Date: 7th of September

Location: Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria

Position: 03°44'48N / 002°26'25E

 

A merchant vessel came across some irregular activity during the evening hours of September the 7th while anchored off Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria. At approximately 17:20 UTC, the vessel received instructions that they are to await cargo surveyors, who will be boarding the vessel in order to conduct an assessment. 

Following the message, a small vessel arrived next to the merchant vessel, carrying a group of individuals claiming to be the surveyors. The crew checked their ID, found that their documents had been falsified, and denied access to the party. Soon after the incident, the authorized surveyor arrived. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 

 

2nd Incident

 

Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 12th of September

Location: Douala Port, Cameroon

Position: 04:03.1N – 009:41.3E

 

A number of robbers boarded a berthed bulk carrier during the early morning hours of September the 12th. The boarding occurred at some point between 12:00 and 7:00 am while the ship was undergoing cargo operations in the Port of Douala, Cameroon.

Crew member on routine rounds noticed that the padlock on the ship's store had been broken and that the door's hinges were damaged and bent. Following an investigation by the crew, it was discovered that several ship properties and stores had been stolen.

Port Authorities were informed of the theft. Vessel & crew are considered safe. 

 

3rd Incident

 

Category: Boarding/Kidnapping

Date: 13th of September

Location: Cameroon

Position: 04:10.26N – 008:55.38E

 

A fishing vessel was attacked during the evening hours of September the 13th while operating off the coast of Cameroon. The incident occurred at approximately 22:00 UTC, some 4.5 nautical miles southwest of Idenao, Cameroon. 

Eight persons in a speed boat successfully boarded the vessel, kidnapped two crew members and proceeded to escape. 

The Cameroonian Navy was notified of the incident and has launched an investigation.

 

4th Incident

 

Category: Aggravated Robbery

Date: 16th of September

Location: Conakry Anchorage, Guinea 

Position:  9°32'16.62"N, 13°40'38.24"W

 

A vessel was boarded during the early morning hours of September the 16th while anchored off Conakry Anchorage, Guinea. Four men boarded the vessel, armed with blades and AK-47s and proceeded to threaten the crew. The attackers stole the crew's valuables and other equipment they found onboard the ship, before escaping the vessel. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 

 

5th Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 17th of September

Location: Eritrea, Red Sea

Position: 1629.58N 04008.32E

 

A Sailing Yacht was attacked during the evening hours of September the 17th while transiting through the southern Red Sea, off the coast of Eritrea. The incident occurred at approximately 17:30 pm, close to the uninhabited Eritrean island of Harmil. 

There is currently little information as to the nature of the attack, but according to initial reports, the vessel & crew are considered safe. 

 

ARX Maritime provide commercial risk management for vessels trading in high-risk areas, making sure that vessels adopt and implement the best risk management practices.

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