Posted on November 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Maritime Piracy Security Report -  16th to the 21st of November

Weekly Maritime Piracy Report - November 22nd 2019


1st Incident


Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 18th of November

Location: Strait of Singapore

Position: 01:05.1N – 103:42.3E


Pirates boarded a tanker transiting through the Strait of Singapore during the afternoon hours of November the 18th. The incident occurred at approximately 1507 hours; five pirates armed with knives and crowbars boarded the vessel and proceeded to enter the engine room. The Duty engine crew onboard the vessel noticed the boarding party and raised the ship alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the pirates proceeded to escape the vessel without stealing anything.

Following the incident, the Master of the vessel reported the boarding to the Singapore VTIS.

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


2nd Incident


Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 19th of November

Location: Nacala Anchorage, Mozambique

Position: 14:22.51S – 040:42.67E


Pirates boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Mozambique's Nacala Anchorage during the evening hours of November the 19th. The incident occurred at approximately 2155 hours, UTC. The duty crew onboard the vessel noticed an unauthorised person on the forecastle deck and proceeded to raise the ship's alarm. The crew proceeded to muster and carry out a search of the vessel. Having noticed the alerted crew, the person proceeded to escape the vessel. 

Nothing was reported as stolen. The incident was reported to the local Port Authority.

Vessel & crew are considered safe.


3rd Incident


Category: Boarding/Attack

Date: 20th of November

Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea

Position: 0345.56N- 00814.1E


Pirates attacked a vessel transiting through the Gulf of Guinea, during the early morning hours of November the 20th. The incident occurred at approximately 04:20 UTC, some 30 nautical miles Northwest of Malabo Island. The pirates managed to board the vessel, and have since then left the ship. A Navy vessel is in the area and the investigation is still on-going.

We currently don't have any further information as to the status of the crew or the vessel. 



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