Posted on May 24, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report -  18th to the 24th of May

Weekly Piracy Security Report - May 24th 2019 - Maritime Piracy


1st Incident


Category: Attack/Boarding/Aggravated Robbery

Date: 12th of May

Location: Pulau Mapur, Indonesia

Position:  01:00.1N – 104:54.8E


A general cargo ship was attacked during the evening of May the 12th while transiting off the eastern coast of Indonesia. At approximately 18:10 UTC, some 4 nautical miles east of Pulau Maupur, four individuals armed with long knives boarded the vessel that was underway. They managed to take the duty AB hostage and proceeded to enter the Master's cabin. They then tied up the AB and the Master and escaped the vessel having made off with their personal effects and cash. Crew & vessel are safe. 


2nd Incident


Category: Attack/Boarding/Aggravated Robbery

Date: 14th of May

Location: Conakry Anchorage, Guinea

Position:  09:23.94N – 013:41.26W


A bulk carrier was attacked during the early morning hours of May the 14th while anchored at Conakry anchorage, Guinea. At approximately 01:42 am UTC, four individuals armed with knives & automatic rifles boarded the carrier and took the crew hostage. They proceeded to ransack their cabins and stole cash from the ship & the crew, as well as ship properties before proceeding to escape. 

Unfortunately, the Master of the vessel was injured during the attack, but there is limited information as to the status of his injuries. The incident was then reported to the Conakry Port Control, and a patrol boat was sent to the scene in order to carry out an investigation. The remaining crew & vessel are considered safe. 


3rd Incident


Category: Attack/Boarding/Aggravated Robbery

Date: 18th of May

Location: Callao Anchorage, Peru

Position:  11:59.8S – 077:11.9W


An LNG tanker was robbed during the early morning hours of May the 18th while at Callao Anchorage, Peru. At approximately 05:55 am UTC four to five individuals wearing face masks boarded the vessel via the hawse pipe. Having boarded the vessel, they proceeded to take the duty crew on routine rounds hostage. However, an alarm was raised the and the ship's whistle sounded while the crew mustered. 

Having heard the alarm, the attackers stole the crewman's radio, pushed him and escaped in their boat. The incident was reported to the Port authorities and a patrol boat was dispatched to investigate the area. Crew & vessel are considered safe.


4th Incident


Category: Attack/Boarding/Robbery

Date: 18th of May

Location: Singapore Strait, Malaysia

Position: 1°12'03.0"N 103°32'18.7"E


The barge Smit Cyclone was boarded while being towed by the Singapore-flagged tug, BARLIAN T1201 during the afternoon of May the 18th. The incident occurred while the vessels were in the westbound lane of TSS in the Singapore Strait. At approximately 16:50, six individuals boarded the barge from a nearby small boat and proceeded to steal some tools before escaping.

The Master of the tug notified the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) via VHF of the incident. The tug and barge proceeded to continue their voyage towards Port Klan. Vessel & crew are considered safe.



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