Monthly Piracy Report June 2013

All information presented below are retrieved from ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) and IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System. Information are being updated on a monthly basis.

  • Total Incidents Worldwide: 143
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide: 7
  • Somali related Incidents: 9
  • Vessels held by Somali Pirates: 4
  • Hostages held by Somali Pirates: 68
  • Nigeria related Incidents: 22

2013.07.15 - Monthly Piracy Report June 2013

For a geographical representation of pirate attacks location please refer to IMB Piracy & Armed Robbery Map, a very valuable tool that shows all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during 2013. If exact coordinates are not provided, estimated positions are shown based on information provided. Zoom-in and click on the pointers to view more information of an individual attack. Pointers may be superimposed on each other.

PIRACY & ARMED ROBBERY REPORTS until last week of June

Date: 30.06.2013. Time: 0400 LT. Position: 22:58N – 070:14E, Kandla Inner Anchorage, India. Vessel type: Bulk carrier. Three to four robbers in a boat boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty Officer noticed the boarding and immediately raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm the robbers escaped in their waiting boat. Upon investigation it was discovered that ship’s stores were stolen. Port control informed.

Date: 27.06.2013. Time: 1220 LT. Position: 06:01.2S –106:53.9E, Jakarta Tanker Anchorage, Indonesia. Vessel type: Chemical tanker. Alert crew on board an anchored chemical tanker spotted a wooden boat with three robbers armed with knives. The alarm was sounded and fire hoses activated resulting in the boarding attempt being made unsuccessful. All crew safe.

Date: 20.06.2013. Time: 1945 LT. Position: 3° 40.80′ S – 114° 25.30′ E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Bulk carrier. Three robbers in a boat boarded the anchored ship at the forecastle. Alert duty crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping empty handed.

Date: 20.06.2013. Time: 0530 LT. Position: 1° 09.30′ N – 103° 38.40′ E, Nipah Transit Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: LPG tanker. Five robbers armed with knives boarded the tanker. Two robbers entered the engine room while the remaining tried to break into the provision stores. On seeing the mess a man enetering the provision store area one robber caught him and threatened him with a knife while the others escaped. Alarm sounded and on investigating it was found that engine spares were stolen. All of the crew are safe.

Date: 19.06.2013. Time: 2100 LT. Position: 9° 14.20′ N – 13° 57.30′ E, Around 2Nm SW of Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. Vessel type: General cargo ship. Five robbers armed with machine guns boarded the vessel at anchor. They threatened the crew, stole ship’s cash and crew personal belongings and escaped. All crew safe.

Date: 19.06.2013. Time: 0255 LT. Position: 1° 11.00′ S – 117° 12.00′ E, Muara Jawa Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Bulk carrier. Deck watch keepers on board of the vessel noticed three to five robbers with long knives near the forecastle store. They raised the alarm and retreat into the accommodation. On hearing the alarm the robbers escaped in their waiting boat. Upon investigation it was discovered that ship stores were stolen.

Date: 17.06.2013. Time: 1930 LT. Position: 4° 31.00′ N – 113° 52.00′ E, Around 8nm WNM of Lutong, Sarawak, Malaysia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Product tanker. About 8 to 10 pirates armed with long knives in a speed boat approached and boarded the product tanker underway. The pirates were aggresive and beat the most of the crew and tied up their hands. The Master’s left palm was severely cut while the C/O AND C/Eng also suffered minor cuts. The pirates cut the communication cables and the ransacked the bridge and accommodation. They stole crew and ship’s properties and cash before leaving the ship after an hour. Vessel diverted to Miri port to provide medical assistance to the injured crew. A police report was lodged.

Date: 16.06.2013. Time: 0033 LT. Position: Jakarta Cargo Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Container ship. Four robbers armed with long knives boarded the anchored ship and attempted to force their way into the engine room by breaking the padlock. Alert duty watchman sighted the robbers, who was threatened and chased by the robbers. Luckily the duty watchman was able to enter the accommodation and alert the bridge officer who raised the alarm. Later a thorough search of the ship was conducted by the crew. Post control informed.

Date: 15.06.2013. Time: 2015 LT. Position: 3° 41.00′ N – 114° 25.00′ E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Bulk carrier. While at anchor alert duty crew on board the ship noticed robbers attempting to board the ship via the anchor chain. Alarm raised and crew mustered. The robbers aborted the atempt and escaped in an unlit boat.

Date: 15.06.2013. Time: 0145 LT. Position: 22° 09.00′ N – 91° 47.00′ E, Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh, Indian Ocean. Vessel type: Chemical tanker. About 20 robbers armed with axe and machetes, in three wooden boats, approached and boarded the tanker during anchoring operations. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Master informed Port Control and Coast Guard who sent out two patrol boats to investigate. Seeing crew alertness the robbers escaped with ship’s stores.All crew is safe.

Date: 13.06.2013. Time: 2325 LT. Position: 1° 12.30′ S – 117° 13.30′ E, Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Bulk carrier. Six robbers armed with long knives boarded the ship at anchor. They took hostage two crew members, tied them with ropes and stole their personal belongings. The robbers the stole ship’s stores and escaped. One crew injured slightly. Port authorities contacted but no respond.

Date: 13.06.2013. Time: 0342 LT. Position: 1° 06.00′ N – 103° 36.00′ E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Tanker. Three robbers armed with long knives boarded the tanker engaged in STS operations, stole engine spares and escaped. Duty crew raised alarm and a search was carried out. Master reported the incident to the local authorities who boarded and carried out an investigation at 10.00 LT.

Date: 13.06.2013. Time: 0324 LT. Position: 1° 06.40′ N – 103° 36.70′ E, Nica Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Oil product tanker. While at anchor and engaged in ship-to-ship transfer operations, four robbers boarded the ship and stole two bearing shells. They escaped when he ship’s alarm was activated.

Date: 13.06.2013. Time: 0200 LT. Position: 6° 01.00′ N – 1° 18.00′ E, Lome anchorage, Togo, West Africa. Vessel type: Chemical tanker. Armed robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker and took the duty officer hostage to the Masters cabin. When the Master opened the cabin door the robbers hit the Master in the face and ordered him to muster the crew on the bridge. Once the crew were mustered on the bridge, one of the younger robbers was very violent and beat the crew and broke a glass on one of the crew’s head. The robbers also fired their weapons into the air. The robbers asked the Master and the C/O about the cargo in the tanks and when the Master replied that the vessel was in ballast the robbers again beat the Master and asked him to weigh anchor and proceed South. At around 0315 LT, the robbers speed boat returned with more people. At around 0500 LT, the tanker sailed towards Lagos and the robbers appeared to be negotiating on the satellite phone. They then ordered the Master to use the tanker to approach other vessels in the area and they asked the crew to fabricate a ladder to facilitate the boarding. On 16 June on seeing a warship the robbers took two crew members and disembarked from the tanker on the rescue boat taking along ship’s cash, crew cash and personal belongings. The crew were released later.

Date: 12.06.2013. Time: 2345 LT. Position: 1° 05.00′ S – 117° 14.00′ E, Senipah Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Oil tanker. While at anchor, robbers boarded the ship and attempted to break and open the forepeak store hatch but failed. They then attempted to break open the lock and additional lashing of he forepeak store door resulting to the activation of the alarm on the wheelhouse. One robber was sighted escaping the ship upon hearing the alarm.

Date: 10.06.2013. Time: 0400 LT. Position: 3° 42.30′ S – 114° 28.50′ E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Bulk carrier. Robbers boarded the anchored ship waiting for loading operations. They broke into the forecastle store, stole ship’s stores and escaped without being noticed. The robbery was reported to the local agent who was on board the ship during the incident and the Port Authorities.

Date: 09.06.2013. Time: 2015 LT. Position: 4° 18.00′ N – 103° 36.00′ E, About 6nm off Trengganu, Malaysia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Tug. While underway from Thailand to Indonesia, six robbers, armed with guns and choppers, boarded the tug boat and forced the crew to pump-out fuel oil from the tug boat to an unknown fishing boat. The robbers also took the crew’s belongings before leaving the tug boat. The vessels continued passage to Indonesia.

Date: 08.06.2013. Time: 1154 LT. Position: 3° 54.70′ N – 98° 46.60′ E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Chemical tanker. Two robbers armed with knives boarded the chemical tanker using a hook attached to a long pole. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers attempting to enter the paint store and raised the alarm. Seeing crew alertness, the robbers aborted their attempt and escaped in their boat.

Date: 05.06.2013. Time: 1310 LT. Position: 17° 12.50′ N – 66° 47.20′ E, Arabian Sea. Vessel type: Oil product tanker. While underway, the vessel was approached by one boat. When the parachute cartridge was shot, the boat left. None of the crew was injured and there was no damage to the vessel.

Date: 05.06.2013. Time: 0530 UTC. Position: 11° 36.00′ N – 49° 15.00′ E, Around 20nm North of Bosasso, Gulf of Aden, East Africa. Vessel type: Dhow. The dhow was reported hijacked and 14 crew members taken hostage. Later the pirates left the dhow for unknown reasons and released the dhow. The crew and dhow are reported to be safe and proceeding to a safe port.

Date: 04.06.2013. Time: 2300 UTC. Position: 4° 14.90′ N – 7° 45.70′ E, Usari Field, Nigeria, West Africa. Vessel type: Supply ship. Pirates boarded the ship while on standby duties. Seeing the pirates, the crew raised the alarm, retreated into the citadel, alerted other vessels and the shore based office by VHF and waited until the pirates had left. On investigation it was found that ship’s and crew belongings were stolen. All crew safe.

Date: 03.06.2013. Time: 1415 LT. Position: 4° 42.00′ N – 8° 19.80′ E, Calabar River, Nigeria, West Africa. Vessel type: Chemical tanker. Ten armed pirates in two speed boats approached and fired upon the chemical tanker underway with pilot on board. Master raised alarm, mustered all the crew and reported to the Nigerian authority. The armed pirates aborted the attack and moved away when the Nigerian marine police arrived at the location. All crew is safe but, the ship sustained minor damage due to the firing.

Date: 03.06.2013. Time: 1310 LT. Position: 3° 55.47′ N – 98° 46.93′ E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Chemical tanker. Robbers in a small boat attempted to board the anchored chemical tanker via the anchor chain. Alert duty crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers aborting the attempt. Port control informed.

Date: 03.06.2013. Time: 0345 LT. Position: 1° 10.70′ S – 117° 15.90′ E, Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia, South China Sea. Vessel type: Bulk carrier. Two robbers boarded the anchored bulk carrier using a hook attached to a rope and attempted to enter the forecastle store. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping empty-handed. Port control informed.

Date: 03.06.2013. Time: 0148 LT. Position: 6° 16.50′ N – 3° 20.70′ E, Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria, West Africa. Vessel type: Chemical tanker. While on anchor, an unknown number of robbers attempted to board the vessel through the hawse pipe via chain locker and exchanged gunshots with the Nigerian naval personnel onboard. The general alarm was activated and all crew mustered at the designated muster station. The robbers’ boat eventually left after 20 minutes. There was no injury to the crew or any items stolen.

Date: 03.06.2013. Time: 0000 LT. Position: 15° 16.10′ N – 41° 48.00′ E, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, East Africa. Vessel type: General cargo ship. While underway, the vessel was pursued alternately by two skiffs launched from a suspected mother boat. The armed guards fired about 20 warning shots and flares when the skiff closed in within 1 cable from the vessel. The skiffs abandoned its pursuit and headed back to its mother boat subsequently.

Date: 01.06.2013. Time: 2155 LT. Position: Beira Port, Mozambique, East Africa. Vessel type: Chemical tanker. Two robbers armed with long knives boarded the tanker at berth during cargo operations using the forward fire wire. Alert shore and deck watchmen and agents noticed them and raised the alarm resulting in the robber escaping via the anchor chain. Nothing stolen. Port authorities and local police notified.

For up to date live and accurate information please refer to ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) and IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System websites.

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