Posted on November 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Maritime Piracy Security Report -  22nd to the 29th of November

Weekly Maritime Piracy Report - November 29th

 

1st Incident

 

Category: Kidnapping

Date: 20th of November

Location: Gulf of Guinea

Position: 0345.56N- 00814.1E

 

The Singapore-flagged Offshore Supply Ship, PACIFIC WARDEN was the target of a pirate attack during the early morning hours of November the 20th. At approximately 04:20 am, pirates boarded the vessel and successfully kidnapped 7 of the 15 crew members aboard the ship. 

Some of the crew members managed to successfully hide inside the ship's compartments during the attack and avoid capture by the pirates but unfortunately, not all of the seafarers were as lucky. 

The crew of the offshore supply vessel includes South African, Cameroonian, Philippino and Serbian nationals.

Following the attack, the vessel moved to the island of Malabo, where she remains as of writing. 

Original story here.

 

2nd Incident

 

Category: Boarding

Date: 21st of November

Location: Conakry Anchorage, Guinea

Position:  9°31′0.00″N 13°43′0.00″W

 

Pirates boarded a merchant vessel anchored at Guinea's Conakry Anchorage during the early morning hours of November the 21st. The incident occurred approximately at 01:00 am; five armed perpetrators boarded the vessel, however, there is no more information known at this point in time.

An investigation has been opened into the event by local authorities, which is currently still on-going. 

 

3rd Incident

 

Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery

Date: 23rd of November

Location: Tanjung Bulat, Malaysia

Position: 1° 16.3’ N, 104° 14.08’ E

 

Pirates boarded the Marshal Islands-flagged Bulk Carrier, FAYE during the early morning hours of November the 23rd while the vessel was transiting off the coast of Malaysia. The incident occurred at approximately 05:22 am some 4.4 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Bulat, in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait.

Five pirates armed with long knives were sighted entering the ship's engine room. Upon noticing the boarding party, the crew of the vessel proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point the pirates escaped the vessel.

The crew conducted a full search of the vessel for any further sign of perpetrators or missing items.

Upon concluding the search, the Master reported the incident to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS). The vessel went on to resume her voyage towards Incheon, South Korea. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe.

 

4th Incident

 

Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 23rd of November

Location: Callao Anchorage, Peru

Position: 12 01 48S, 077 11 42W

 

The Panama-flagged Cargo Ship, Galveston Highway was robbed during the morning hours of November the 23rd, while at Peru's Callao Anchorage. The incident occurred at approximately 10:20 am; the duty crew onboard the vessel noticed that the forecastle store entrance door and forward booby hatch cover had been opened. 

Following an investigation, the crew discovered that three mooring ropes were missing, and proceeded to report the incident to the Callao Port Authority. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 

 

5th Incident

 

Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 24th of November

Location: Pulau Nongsa, Indonesia

Position: 1° 14.25’ N 104° 4.01 E

 

Pirates boarded a barge being towed by the Malaysian-flagged Tug, Harbour Libra during the early morning hours of November the 24th while the vessel was transiting off the coast of Indonesia. The incident occurred at 03:30 am in the morning, some 2.2 nautical miles northwest of Pulau Nongsa, Indonesia, in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait. 

The two pirates were seen boarding the barge that was loaded with containers. The crew onboard the ship saw the boarding party and proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point the pirates escaped the vessel. Some twist locks and ropes had been stolen during the attack but the seafarers were safe.

The Master of the vessel proceeded to report the incident to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS). The vessel resumed her voyage to Port Sibu, Sarawak.

Vessel & crew are considered safe.

 

 

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