Posted on April 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Weekly Piracy Security Report - 6th to the 12th of April
Category: Attempted Boarding
Date: 1st of April
Location: Guayas Province, Ecuador
Position: 02:31.8S – 080:05.4W
A containership was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Guayas region of Ecuador. The incident occurred during the morning hours of April 1st. At approximately 07:45 UTC, the Duty Officer onboard the vessel noticed a fast-moving target on the radar approaching from astern. The crew was alerted and searchlights were directed towards the approaching boat. Soon enough, a second boat was noticed approaching the vessel.
The first boat with approximately 10 people on board carrying grappling hooks, approached the ship, while the 2nd boat approached from the starboard side and attempted to hook on a telescopic ladder onto the ship's rails.
The pilot immediately notified the local port control and Coast Guard. The pirates then proceeded to fire towards the searchlight, which led to the crew seeking refuge in the superstructure.
Later, the boats aborted their boarding attempt and moved away. Crew & Vessel are considered safe.
Date: 1st of April
Location: Casablanca Port, Morocco
Position: 33°35′32.19″N 7°29′44.46″W
A bulk carrier berthed at the port of Casablanca was robbed in the early morning hours of April 1st. At approximately 06:00 UTC, the Duty Officer on board the vessel heard noises coming from the boat deck. Upon closer inspection, the Duty Officer noticed the life raft cover had been opened and two individuals were in the process of stealing equipment.
Realizing that the Officer had noticed them, they proceeded to jump overboard and escape.
The incident was reported to the local Port Authority. Following the report, the Harbor Master, Port Police & PSC boarded the vessel so as to investigate the incident.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.
Category: Suspicious Approach
Date: 8th of April
Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 04°15’N 008°19’E
On Monday the 8th of April, at approximately 08:15Z, a Merchant Vessel noticed a suspicious approach off the coast of Calabar, Nigeria.
Mariners are advised to exercise caution in the area.
Category: Hijacking/Possible Kidnapping
Date: 9th of April
Location: Bay of Bonny, Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 03°15.75N – 005°57.6E
A Spanish Navy patrol vessel that had been operating in the Gulf of Guinea located a Merchant Vessel that had not been transmitting AIS. At approximately 12:20 UTC, in the afternoon of April the 9th, they noticed a fast boat leaving the vicinity of the Chemical Tanker, Maria Soltin, carrying 9 POB. In the process of their investigation, it was revealed by the ship's Captain that Pirates had hijacked the vessel over a 4 day period. The Pirates threatened them with AK-47s and 1 RPG.
Onboard nothing was stolen and nobody was injured, but there is a possibility that a kidnapping might have taken place.
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