Posted on April 05, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Weekly Piracy Security Report - 1st to the 5th of April
Date: 26th of March
Location: Manila South Anchorage, Philippines
Position: 14 33 18.0 N, 120 54 06.0 E
Pirates boarded and successfully robbed the Liberian-flagged Cargo Ship, TRF Kaya while the vessel was anchored at Manila's south Anchorage. The incident occurred during the morning of March 26th. At approximately 08:30 am, the pirates boarded the vessel and escaped with the ship's stores.
The theft was noticed later by a duty watchman during routine rounds. There was evidence that the razorwire installed around the hawse pipe had been removed. Footprints were found on deck, leading into the bosun's stores.
The Captain proceeded to notify the local maritime authorities of the incident. The Philippines Coast Guard then boarded the vessel in order to conduct their own investigation.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.
Date: 26th of March
Location: Batangas Anchorage Alpha, Philippines
Position: 13°44'N 121°00'E
Pirates boarded the Marshall Islands-flagged Tankship, Nakhal Silver while it was anchored at Batangas Anchorage Alpha, Phillippines on the 26th of March 2019. The perpetrator got on the vessel by climbing on the anchor chain, after having broken the padlock of the anchor-chain pipe securing arrangement.
A duty able seaman on watch noticed the activity and promptly notified the OOW (Officer on Watch). The general alarm was raised and the crew mustered. They proceeded to investigate the forecastle, but the would-be-robber jumped overboard and escaped.
The crew was not injured in the process. Vessel & crew are safe.
However, the ship's bell was stolen during the incident.
Date: 29th of March
Location: Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana
Position: 004 52 51.6 N, 001 41 25.2 W
Pirates boarded the Maltese-flagged Tankship, Anuket Pearl during the early morning hours of March the 29th. The incident occurred at approximately 02:36 am while the vessel was anchored off Takoradi Anchorage, Ghana. The OOW (Officer on Watch) noticed that pirates had boarded the forecastle of the vessel and remarked that a paint locker door had been left open.
He proceeded to direct the vessel's searchlights towards the robbers and sounded the ship's horn. Noticing the alerted crew, the pirates escaped the vessel, making off with the ship's stores.
Takoradi Port Control was informed and the local Marine Police boarded the tanker in order to conduct an investigation.
Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery
Date: 30th of March
Location: Lagos STS Anchorage, Nigeria
Position: 06:18.9N - 003:17.4E
A product tanker was boarded by pirates while anchored in the Lagos STS Anchorage, Nigeria. The incident occurred during the early morning hours of March the 30th. At approximately 03:10 UTC, the duty watchkeeper onboard the vessel noticed suspicious individuals near the ship's cargo tank and several more near the guard rails. He proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point, the pirates escaped without stealing anything.
The Nigerian Navy patrol boat operating in the area was promptly notified, and they proceeded to conduct a search of the waters around the tanker.
Date: 30th of March
Location: Cameroon, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 03°53’N 009°30’E
A vessel was attacked in Douala Anchorage in the evening of March the 30th. The incident occurred at approximately 21:40Z, some 15 nautical miles Southwest of Douala, Cameroon.
Initial reports suggest that the vessel is the containership, Contship Oak. The pirates attacked the vessel and kidnapped 4 crew members in the process, before escaping.
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