Monthly Piracy Report for September 2013

On a monthly basis the Officer of the Watch Blog publishes a report regarding maritime piracy incidents. The report focuses mainly on vessels of the Merchant Navy (Bulk Carrier, Chemical Tankers, Containerships etc). Up until the date this report is being published the figures of maritime piracy related incidents worldwide, according to IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, are as follows:

  • Total Incidents Worldwide: 206
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide: 11
  • Somali related Incidents: 11
  • Nigeria related Incidents: 30

The above figures were last updated on 22 October 2013. A PDF version of this post is also available by clicking the following link in order to download OOW Piracy Monthly Report for September 2013. The PDF version of this report can be also found in the OOW profile in Scribd by clicking HERE.

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Below is an overview of the piracy related incidents in areas where they occurred during last month. The regions/areas mentioned below are the same areas that are being mentioned within the US ONI monthly report (North America, West Africa, Persian Gulf etc.).

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PIRACY & ARMED ROBBERY REPORTS until last week of September

Date: 27.09.2013 – Time: 1440 LT. Vessel type: Oil Tanker. Position: 03° 58.00′ N – 098° 45.00′, E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia, South East Asia. Five robbers in a wooden boat approached an anchored tanker. One robber managed to board via the hawse pipe. When the duty seaman noticed the robber, he raised alarm and alerted the crew. The robber subsequently escaped in the waiting boat with his accomplices.

Date: 26.09.2013 – Time: 0200 LT. Vessel type: Bulk Carrier. Position: Samarinda Anchorage, Indonesia, South East Asia. Eight robbers armed with knives boarded anchored bulk carrier. They stole ship’s stores and departed.

Date: 23.09.2013 – Time: N/A. Vessel type: Oil Tanker. Position: 01° 07.00′ N – 103° 37.00′ E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia, South East Asia. Robbers boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker. Three robbers armed with knives boarded the anchored tanker during transfer operations. Duty crewmen challenged the robbers, who threw bolts and nuts and a knife at the crewmen. The duty officer raised the alarm and mustered the crew. A search of the ship was carried out. No robbers were found onboard. The ship’s Master requested the mooring Master to inform the local navy to do a search around the vessel.

Date: 23.09.2013 – Time: 2115 LT. Vessel type: Offshore Supply Vessel. Position: 04° 52.00′ N – 104° 05.00′ E, approximately 22 nm east-northeast of Pulau Tenggul, Malaysia, South East Asia. Eight pirates wearing masks armed with a hand gun and long knives in a high speed craft approached and boarded the ship. They took hostage all crew members, tied them up and stole their personal belongings. After about three hours, the pirates left the vessel. Crew managed to free themselves and the Master reported the incident to the owners. Vessel returned to the port of departure where the authorities boarded the vessel for an investigation. Master reports a possibility of a mother vessel in the vicinity.

Date: 21.09.2013 – Time: 2230 LT. Vessel type: Oil Tanker. Position: 6° 01.00′ S – 106° 53.00′ E, Jakarta Anchorage, Indonesia, South East Asia. Duty crew noticed five robbers disembarking the vessel and escaping in a small unlit boat near the stern. The alarm was raised and all crew mustered. Upon searching the vessel it was observed that the robbers had probably gained access during the watch change and had entered the engine room and stolen ship stores.

Date: 21.09.2013 – Time: 0230 LT. Vessel type: Bulk Carrier. Position: 00° 16.40′ S – 117° 41.70′ E, Samarinda Anchorage, Indonesia, South East Asia. Ten robbers armed with knives and steel bars boarded the ship during cargo operations. They took hostage a duty crewman conducting routine rounds, assaulted him, robbed him of personal belongings, tied him up and then broke into the bosun locker. The duty officer noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm the robbers escaped in their wooden boat with stolen ship stores. Port Authorities informed by VHF radio.

Date: 16.09.2013 – Time: 0310 LT. Vessel type: Chemical Tanker. Position: 07° 09.90′ S – 112° 40.20′ E, Gresik Port, Indonesia, South East Asia. A robber boarded the ship while the crew was busy connecting the cargo hoses. The robber broke into the paint store and stole ship’s stores. Duty crewman noticed the robber and informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and mustered the crew. Upon hearing the alarm, the robber escaped with the stolen stores in a boat.

Date: 15.09.2013 – Time: 1744 LT. Vessel type: Chemical Tanker. Position: 1° 09.18′ N – 103° 34.44′ E, Nipah Anchorage, Indonesia, South East Asia. Duty crew noticed four robbers on the poop deck. Duty officer was informed, alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing alerted crew the robbers escaped.

Date: 04.09.2013 – Time: 1515 LT. Vessel type: Chemical Tanker. Position: 4° 11.00′ N – 5° 34.00′ E, 4nm South of Pennington Oil Terminal, Nigeria, West Africa. A speed boat approached a chemical tanker underway with intent to board. The 2/O raised the alarm, alerted the crew and made evasive manoeuvres to prevent the boarding. The robbers tried to board the vessel using hooks attached to a rope. The onboard security team fired warning shots at the boat and the robbers retaliated by returning fire. Facing resistance the robbers aborted the attempt to board the vessel.

Date: 03.09.2013 – Time: 2110 LT. Vessel type: Oil Tanker. Position: 10° 13.98′ N – 107° 02.05′ E, Vung Tau Cape Anchorage, Vietnam, Indian Ocean. While at anchor, robbers boarded the vessel at the forecastle after the attention of the duty crew were distracted by a boat which was approaching from the port quarter. The forward store lock was broken and paints were stolen. After noticing the robbers, the alarm was raised and all the crew went forward. The robbers escaped with the stolen items after hearing the alarm.

For up to date live and accurate information please refer to

  1. ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS)
  2. IMB Piracy News and Figures
  3. IMB Live Piracy Report
  4. IMB Piracy & Armed Robbery Map
  5. IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System
  6. US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)

Information and news regarding maritime piracy can also be found in the following websites:

  1. Maritime Piracy-Humanitarian Response to Piracy (MPHRP): A pan-industry alliance working together with one aim of assisting seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by a piracy attack etc. MPHRP offers related training courses and additional information can be found in the publications section of the website.
  2. EU NAVFOR Somalia: Website of the the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia which was established in response to the rising levels of piracy and armed robbery off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. The website offers interesting news related to maritime piracy.
  3. Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA): The Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) aims to provide a service to mariners in the Gulf of Aden, the Somali Basin and off the Horn of Africa. The website includes many valuable information to registered users such as vessel movements, live advice etc.
  4. NATO Shipping Centre: The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the link between NATO naval forces and the merchant shipping community.
  5. Oceans Beyond Piracy: Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) is a project of the One Earth Future Foundation, a privately funded and independent non-profit organization located in Colorado, USA. OBP is a response to maritime piracy through the mobilization of industry stakeholders, public-private partnerships.
  6. OCEANUSLive: Website offering Maritime Situational Awareness for ship and yacht masters, CSOs, DPAs etc. The website also offers an extensive weekly piracy report with valuable information and relevant analysis.
  7. IMO’s Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships Information Webpage
  8. Save our Seafarers: An international, not-for-profit, anti-piracy campaign which was launched in March 2011 by a group of five influential maritime associations.
  9. United Nations National Legislation on Piracy
  10. Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI): SAMI is a global organisation representing companies working in the maritime security industry and a focal point for global maritime security matters.
  11. BIMCO GUARDCON: Standard contract for the employment of security guards on vessels. This contract has been developed to provide ship owners and private maritime security companies (PMSC) with a clearly worded and comprehensive standard contract to govern the employment and use of security guards, with or without firearms, on board merchant vessels.
  12. Piracy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by International Group of P&I Clubs

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