Posted on March 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Weekly Piracy Security Report - 16th to 22nd of March
Category: Attempted Boarding
Date: 19th of March
Location: Callao Anchorage, Peru
Position: 12:01.66S – 077:12.03W
Four pirates wearing jackets and caps approached an anchored vehicle carrier in a small boat. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the four individuals trying to board the ship via the anchor cable. They proceeded to raise the alarm, and sounded the ship's horn, while the crew directed flashlights towards the boarding party.
Realizing that the ship had been alerted to their presence, the pirates aborted the attempted boarding and proceeded to escape.
The crew notified Vessel Traffic Service Tramar as well as the local maritime authorities. A patrol boat was later dispatched to search the area surrounding the anchorage.
Date: 21st of March
Location: Jose Terminal Anchorage, Venezuela
Position: 10:11.2N – 064:47.4W
Three pirates armed with knives boarded a crude oil tanker anchored at Venezuela's Jose Terminal Anchorage. Duty crew on routine rounds spotted the robbers and promptly notified the Officer on watch. Noticing the alarm, the pirates proceeded to threaten him with a knife before stealing his radio. The alarm was raised throughout the ship and the crew mustered, which led to the pirates escaping alongside their accomplices that had been waiting in a nearby boat.
The incident was reported to the local maritime authorities.
Category: Attack/Alleged Kidnapping
Date: 20th of March
Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 04°26N - 008°21E
In the early morning hours of March 20th, a RoRo vessel carrying passengers was attacked while transiting off the Coast of Nigeria. The attack took place some 30 nautical miles off the coast, in the Calabar region of Nigeria. At approximately 06:00 am UTC, the vessel was attacked by 7 pirates in a skiff, armed with AK-47s.
They boarded the vessel and proceeded to rob both passengers and crewmembers. Allegedly, initial reports suggest that the pirates kidnapped 5 individuals before leaving the scene.
The vessel has since then berthed safely at the Shoreline Jetty in Calabar, as of 10:30 UTC.
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