Posted on September 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Weekly Maritime Piracy Security Report - 14th to the 20th of September
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.
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.
Date: 13th of September
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.
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.
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.
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