Posted on March 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel anchored at Jose Terminal Anchorage, Venezuela.
Date: 28th of March
Location: Jose Terminal Anchorage, Venezuela
Position: 10:11.4N - 064:52.1W
Five pirates armed with knives and pipe wrenches boarded a tanker at Venezuela's Jose Terminal Anchorage, during the early morning hours of March the 28th. The incident occurred at approximately 04:10 UTC. The boarders, having gotten on the vessel, tied up the aft watch keeper and broke into the ship's paint store.
The alarm was raised and the crew proceeded to muster. Upon hearing the alarm and noticing that the crew had been alerted, the pirates proceeded to escape with the stolen ship's stores.
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