Posted on May 17, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Weekly Piracy Security Report - 11th to the 17th of May
Category: Attack/Attempted Boarding
Date: 10th of May
Location: 115nm East of Baganaga, Philippines
Position: 07:40.8N – 128:29.3E
A bulk carrier was attacked during the early morning hours of May the 10th while transiting off the east coast of the Philippines. At approximately 01:00 UTC, a speedboat approached the bulk carrier and attempted a boarding. The alarm was raised on the vessel, the crew mustered at their stations and the fire hoses were pressurized. The attackers were seen shouting towards the ship while holding steel hooks.
After 30 minutes of chasing, the attacking party aborted their approach and moved away. The vessel returned to her route. Vessel & crew are considered safe.
Date: 11th of May
Location: Lubuk Gaung Anchorage, Dumai Port, Indonesia
Position: 01:42.76N – 101:26.62E
A bulk carrier was boarded during the morning hours of May the 11th, while anchored at the Lubuk Gaung Anchorage, Dumai Port, Indonesia. At approximately 10:00 am UTC, robbers boarded the bulk carrier unnoticed, and managed to successfully escape with spare engine parts. The crew noticed the robbery when they went into the engine room and found the spare parts room broken into. The alarm was raised and a search was carried out throughout the ship.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.
Date: 12th of May
Location: Lome Anchorage, Togo
Position: 6°7′60.00″N 1°16′60.00″E
Pirates boarded and hijacked a tanker during the early morning hours of the 12th of May while the vessel was anchored at Lome Anchorage, Togo. The Togo Navy received a call from the vessel owners, informing them that their tanker had been attacked. Having received the news, the Togo Navy immediately dispatched patrol boats to the scene in order to investigate the situation.
The tanker was intercepted some 25 nautical miles from the anchorage and was forced to return to Lome port. The pirates were successfully apprehended by the Togo Navy and handed over to the appropriate authorities. Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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