Posted on July 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Weekly Piracy Security Report - 20th to the 26th of July
Date: 21st of July
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Position: 0828N – 01328W
A merchant vessel was attacked during the early morning hours of July the 21st while transiting off the coast of Sierra Leone. The incident occurred at approximately 02:40 am UTC, some 15 miles west of the capital city of Freetown. 5 pirates armed with knives approached and boarded the vessel.
No further information is known at this time. Vessel & crew are considered safe.
Date: 22nd of July
Location: Strait of Singapore, Singapore
Position: 01°16,49N - 103°56,24E
The South Korean-flagged Bulk Carrier, CK BlueBell was the victim of a pirate attack during the morning hours of July the 22nd. The incident occurred at approximately 04:25 am in the morning, as the vessel was transiting through the Strait of Singapore.
Seven armed individuals aboard a skiff, approached the bulk carrier, at a speed of approximately 20 knots. They boarded the bulk carrier and assaulted the crew. They managed to take over £10k in cash, as well as an assortment of the crew's belongings, such as mobile phones, shoes and clothes before making off.
Reportedly, as a result of the attack, a number of crew members suffered minor injuries. The pirates spent all-together approximately 30 minutes on the vessel before escaping.
The vessel, which was headed to Incheon, South Korea, promptly resumed its transit following the incident.
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