Posted on March 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to rob a vessel anchored at Macapa Anchorage, Brazil
Date: 10th of March
Location: Macapa Anchorage, Brazil
Position: 00:03.5N – 050:57.8W,
A vessel was boarded by pirates while anchored at Macapa Anchorage, Brazil. The attempted robbery took place at approximately 04:30 UTC, during the early morning hours of March the 10th.
Two pirates, armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier by using a rope and hook. Duty AB on routine rounds noticed the two pirates and proceeded to inform the Officer on Watch, who immediately raised the alarm. A PA announcement was made and the crew mustered.
Noticing that the crew had been alerted, the pirates proceeded to escape without stealing anything.
Local authorities have been notified of the incident. No confrontation with the crew occurred. Crew & vessel are safe.
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