Posted on March 08, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report -  2nd to 8th of March

 

1st Incident

 

Category: Robbery

Date: 27th of February

Location: Aboadze Anchorage, Ghana

Position: 04:56.4N – 001:34.3W

 

The Singapore-flagged Crude Oil Tanker, Maersk Jamnagar was successfully robbed by pirates while anchored at Aboadze Anchorage, Ghana. The robbery took place at approximately 05:00 UTC, during the early morning hours of February the 27th. The pirates boarded the anchored tanker unnoticed and proceeded to steal the ship's stores before escaping. Incident was reported to the local authorities. 

 

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2nd Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 27th of February

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

Position: 03:08N – 006:03E

 

A product tanker was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at approximately 20:00 UTC, in the evening of February the 27th, some 70 nautical miles south of Lagos, Nigeria. 

Duty officer noticed on radar two targets at a distance of 4 nautical miles, closing in on the vessel. At approximately 2 nm distance, the skiffs were seen to cross the stern, increase speed and approach the vessel. As the two skiffs closed in on the tanker, they proceeded to fire on the vessel. 

The onboard Nigerian armed security team returned fire on the pirates, at which point they retreated. The pirates proceeded to follow the tanker for a short duration before moving away. Vessel and crew are considered safe. 

 

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3rd Incident

 

Category: Attack

Date: 2nd of March 

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria

Position: 04°37’N 003°16’E

 

A merchant vessel was attacked by pirates while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea. The attack took place at approximately 12:30 pm in the afternoon of March the 2nd, some 104 nautical miles south of Lagos, Nigeria. Attack is complete. Vessel and crew are considered safe. 

 

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4th Incident

 

Category: Attack/Boarding/Kidnapping

Date: 3rd of March 

Location: Gulf of Guinea, Togo

Position: 05 37 N 001 11 E

 

Maltese-flagged Chemical/Oil product tanker, Histria Ivory, was transiting south of Lome, Togo when she was attacked by pirates. As a result of the attack, three crew members were kidnapped. The incident occurred at approximately 19:30 pm, in the evening on March 3rd.

The Ivory was approximately 20 miles off Lome, Togo, having just left the port when the pirates attacked. The vessel had a crew of 21 seafarers onboard the vessel, all Romanian nationals. Most of them managed to muster at the ship’s Citadel, but three seafarers were ultimately kidnapped.

The pirates proceeded to flee the scene after the successful kidnapping. Following the attack, local authorities arrived on the scene and escorted the Histria Ivory to a safe anchorage.

 

You can read the full details here.

 

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5th Incident

 

Category: Robbery

Date: 5th of March

Location: Straits of Malacca

Position: 01:12.08N - 103:34.62E

 

A vessel was successfully robbed by pirates while transiting through the Straits of Malacca & Singapore. The robbery took place at approximately 03:10 UTC, during the early morning hours of March the 5th. 

Whilst underway, the crew of vessel spotted 11 individuals attempting to board from two small crafts. The vessel had been carrying scrap iron, bound for Penang Malaysia. At approximately 03:45 am, the Master of the vessel reported that the 11 individuals escaped in small crafts, having stolen scrap iron from the vessel.

No confrontation with the crew occurred. Crew & vessel are safe.

 

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