Posted on April 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Weekly Piracy Security Report - 20th to the 26th of April
Category: Attempted Boarding
Date: 19th of April
Location: Buenaventura Channel, Colombia
Position: 03:47.6N – 077:14.3W
The Panama-flagged container ship, NYK Lyra was attacked during the early morning hours of April the 20th while it was transiting off the coast of Colombia. The attack took place at approximately 05:35 UTC, near the city of Buenaventura. A boat with around 8 to 10 PoB approached the vessel, which was under pilotage at the time, and attempted to board it via the rigged pilot ladder. Duty crew on watch noticed the boat and promptly raised the alarm.
The crew proceeded to muster near the pilot ladder, and as a result, the boat aborted the boarding attempt and moved away. The pilot then notified the coast guard and a patrol boat was sent to the scene to investigate.
Crew & vessel are considered safe.
Date: 20th of April
Location: Bonny River Inner Anchorage, Nigeria
Position: 04:28N – 007:10E
During the early morning hours of April 20th, Pirates boarded the Palau-flagged Oil Product Tanker, Apecus that had been anchored at Bonny River's Inner Anchorage. At approximately 01:00 am LT, the Pirates boarded the vessel and managed to successfully kidnap several crew members from the ship. According to initial reports, the kidnapped crew members are all Indian nationals.
This is the 2nd such attack to take place within the anchorage in the space of a week, showcasing the fact that pirates might be escalating their activities in the area.
Date: April 21st
Position: 0029S 04836E
Two fishing trawlers were attacked off the coast of Somalia, on the morning of April 21st. At approximately 07:12 am, two fishing trawlers were involved in a pirate attack, some 240 nautical miles southeast of Mogadishu, Somalia. One of the trawlers was approached by two skiffs, each with 8-10 people on board.
As soon as they noticed the attack, a 2nd trawler that had been operating nearby went to the aid of the vessel but was fired upon by the Pirates.
The embarked Armed Security Team aboard the trawler opened fire on the skiffs and they proceeded to escape.
Crew and vessels are considered safe.
Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery
Date: 23rd of April
Location: Nipa Island, Indonesia
Position: 1°11'26 N – 103°34'8 E
A Cyprus flagged tug boat towing a backhoe dredger was boarded by two individuals during the early morning hours of April the 23rd. The attack occurred at approximately 05:10 LT, some 5 nautical miles northwest of Nipa Island, Indonesia.
Two wooden boats were initially sighted next to the backhoe dredger. The Master of the tug shone a light at the vessel, and the two robbers who had boarded the ship proceeded to escape via the wooden boats.
Crew & vessel are safe and nothing was reported stolen.
The tug pilot reported the incident to Singapore's VTIS who initiated the safety navigational broadcast and notified the local maritime authorities
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