Posted on December 06, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Maritime Piracy Security Report -  30th of November to the 6th of December

Weekly Maritime Piracy Report - December 6th 2019


1st Incident


Category: Boarding/Attack

Date: 27th of November

Location: Strait of Singapore

Position: 01:17.79N - 104:20.47E


Pirates boarded the Marshall Islands-flagged Bulk Carrier, KMAX EVDOKIA during the evening hours of November the 27th. The incident occurred at approximately 20:45 UTC while the vessel was transiting through the Strait of Singapore. The duty engine crew onboard the vessel was confronted by the band of armed pirates, who threatened him with a knife and attempted to take him hostage. 

Thankfully, the seafarer managed to escape and proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point the crew mustered. Noticing the alerted crew members, the pirates proceeded to escape the vessel.

Nothing was reported as stolen. The Master proceeded to report the incident to VTIS and a patrol ship was dispatched to the location in order to further investigate the situation.

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


2nd Incident


Category: Boarding

Date: 28th of November

Location: Strait of Singapore

Position: 1° 16.2’ N, 104° 13.4’ E


The Hong Kong-flagged Bulk Carrier, China Pioneer was boarded during the late evening hours of November the 28th while transiting through the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait. The incident occurred at approximately 2320 hours, some 7.6 nautical miles northwest of Pulau Tanjung Buntung Besar, Indonesia.

The Chief Engineer onboard the vessel noticed four individuals entering the engine room on the ship's 2nd level. Reportedly, one of the pirates was armed with a 50cm-long blade. Upon witnessing the boarding party, the Chief Engineer proceeded to report the boarding to the ship Master who proceeded to trigger the ship alarm & lights. Upon hearing the alarm, the pirates escaped the vessel. 

The crew then mustered at the bridge and conducted an onboard search. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


3rd Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 30th of November

Location: Tabangao Anchorage, Philippines 

Position: 13° 43.9’ N, 121° 2.5’ E


The Marshall Islands-flagged Tanker, RIO DAYTONA was boarded by pirates during the early morning hours of November the 30th, while anchored at Tabangao Anchorage, Philippines. The incident occurred at Tabangao's Alpha Anchorage, at approximately 0330 hours. Two individuals were seen boarding the ship through the hawse pipe. They proceeded to steal one piece of a fire nozzle, a fire hydrant cover and five pieces of butterfly bolt from the bosun store hatch. However, the duty officer onboard noticed them and promptly informed the Master. The ship's general alarm was turned on, at which point they proceeded to escape the vessel. 

The ship's crew then conducted an inventory check of the ship's property.

Vessel & crew are safe. 


4th Incident


Category: Suspicious Approach

Date: 3rd of December

Location: Gulf of Aden, Bab El Mandeb

Position: 1232N – 04326E


A merchant vessel underway noticed a suspicious approach during the afternoon of December the 3rd, while transiting through the Gulf of Aden. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the Bab El Mandeb, at approximately 14:50 UTC. 

A skiff approached the vessel to within a range of 2 nautical miles.

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


5th Incident


Category: Boarding/Attack

Date: 3rd of December

Location: Bonny, Nigeria

Position: 03°05.5N – 007°06.8E


The Hong Kong-flagged VLCC, NAVE CONSTELLATION was attacked by pirates during the evening hours of December the 3rd while transiting through Nigeria. The attack occurred at approximately 19:20 UTC, while the vessel was transiting some 80 nautical miles south of Bonny. According to initial reports, the pirates managed to board the vessel and kidnap 19 crew members before escaping. The 19 seafarers are comprised of 18 Indian Nationals and one Turkish national. 

Reports suggest that the vessel is now safe and under the escort of the Nigerian Navy. No further info as to the fate of the remaining seafarers at this time. 



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