Posted on May 31, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report -  25th to the 31st of May

Weekly Security Piracy Report - May 31st


1st Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 18th of May

Location: Tanjung Piai, Malaysia.

Position: 01:13.00N – 103:34.50E


A barge was attacked in the morning of May the 18th while transiting off the coast of Malaysia. The attack occurred at approximately 08:00 am UTC, some 3.4 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Piai, Johor. Five wooden boats approached the barge, that was being towed by a tug at the time.

They proceeded to board the vessel, and having stolen supplies from the ship, escaped. The Master of the tug contacted the local maritime authorities and reported the incident. Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


2nd Incident


Category: Attack/Boarding/Robbery

Date: 23rd of May

Location: Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia

Position: 03:43.0S - 114:26.3E


A bulk carrier anchored at Indonesia's Taboneo Anchorage was boarded during the morning of May the 23rd. At approximately 11:30 UTC, seven individuals armed with knives boarded the carrier.

They were noticed however by the duty watchman who proceeded to raise the alarm. Following the alarm, the crew proceeded to muster. The aggressors proceeded to threaten the crew with their knives, steal the ship's properties and escape.

The incident was reported to the Taboneo Port Control which, upon hearing of the attack, dispatched a patrol boat to investigate the area. 


3rd Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 26th of May

Location: Nacala Inner Anchorage, Mozambique

Position: 14:32.56S – 040:39.16E


A vessel tanker was broken into in the evening of May the 26th while anchored at Nacala Inner Anchorage, Mozambique. The robbery occurred at approximately 20:00 UTC.

Duty crew on patrol noticed that the forward ship's store had been broken into and reported the event to the Duty Officer. The alarm was raised on the vessel and a search was carried out. During the search, footprints were found on the forecastle deck.

Ship's stores were reported stolen. Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


4th Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 28th of May

Location: Cigading Port, Indonesia

Position: 05:59.8S - 105:57.8E


A bulk carrier was robbed in the evening hours of May the 28th while anchored at Indonesia's Cigading Port. At approximately 18:52 UTC, the duty watchman on routine rounds discovered two individuals in the vessel's steering gear room.

The duty watchman then proceeded to immediately inform the Officer on Watch (OOW) who then sounded the ship's whistle and made a PA announcement. 

Upon searching the vessel, the ship's crew found the steering gear room's lock broken. The aggressors had managed to steal the ship's spare engine parts before escaping the vessel.

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 



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