Posted on August 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Piracy Security Report -  9th to the 19th of August

Maritime Piracy - Security Report - August 16th


1st Incident


Category: Hijacking 

Date: 12th of August

Location: Lome, Togo

Position: 6.1256N - 1.22548E


A merchant vessel was hijacked during the early morning hours of August the 12th while transiting near Lome, close to the border with Ghana. The incident occurred at approximately 01:30 UTC.

There is limited information available currently; there is an ongoing investigation to determine the status of the vessel & crew. 


2nd Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 12th of August

Location: Port Klang, Malaysia

Position: 01:13.66N - 103:30.08E


A Malaysian-flagged vessel was robbed in the evening of August the 12th while transiting off Port Klang Malaysia. The incident occurred at approximately 20:51 LT, some 4.3 nautical miles south of Tanjung Piai, Johor, Malaysia. An unknown number of individuals boarded a barge that was being towed by a Malaysian-flagged tug, stole ship properties and escaped. The Master proceeded to raise the alarm and reported the incident to the Singapore VTIS via VHF.

Crew & vessel are considered safe. 


3rd Incident


Category: Attack

Date: 14th of August

Location: Calabar, Nigeria

Position: 04°09’36” N 008° 22’ 30’’E


A Merchant Vessel was attacked during the evening hours of August the 14th. The incident occurred at approximately 10:14 UTC, some 52 nautical miles south of the Calabar region of Nigeria. 

The attack is concluded; vessel and crew are considered safe. 


4th Incident


Category: Attack/Kidnapping

Date: 15th of August

Location: Douala Port - Cameroon

Position: 03° 52’40” N 009°31’12 “E 


A bulk carrier was attacked during the early morning hours of August the 15th. The incident occurred at approximately 01:18 am UTC while the vessel was in the vicinity of Douala Port, Cameroon. According to the initial report, an unknown number of assailants are currently onboard the vessel. 

At approximately 02:32 am UTC, a general cargo vessel was attacked in the same area.

Both attacks resulted in the pirates kidnapping the crew members of the two vessels. According to initial reports, the Master and the Chief Engineer of the bulk carrier are considered missing. The Cameroonian Navy is conducting a search of the area at the moment.

Information courtesy of Praesidium International. 


5th Incident


Category: Attack

Date: 17th of August

Location: Bonny, Nigeria - Gulf of Guinea

Position: 03°33’N 006°40’E


A merchant vessel was attacked by pirates during the early morning hours of August the 17th while transiting off Bonny, Nigeria. The attack took place at approximately 04:15Z, some 60 nautical miles off Bonny, Nigeria. 

The vessel & crew are considered safe. 



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