Posted on June 03, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was robbed at Macapa Anchorage, Brazil.
Date: 31st of May
Location: Macapa Anchorage, Brazil
Position: 00:03.27N – 050:58.93W
A bulk carrier was robbed during the early morning hours of May the 31st, while anchored at Brazil's Macapa Anchorage. At approximately 05:25 am UTC, six individuals armed with knives boarded the anchored bulk carrier using the ship's anchor chain. Duty AB on routine rounds noticed the aggressors and proceeded to immediately inform the Master, who in turn raised the alarm. A PA announcement was made, the whistle was blown and the crew mustered at their stations.
The crew proceeded to search the vessel and found that the lock to the ship's paint storeroom had been broken and that the ship's stores had been stolen.
The theft was reported to the local authorities. Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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