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Piracy reports first week of April 2012

08 April 2012

The Piracy & Armed Robbery Report section below follows the definition of Piracy as laid down in Article 101 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Armed Robbery as laid down in Resolution A.1025 (26) adopted on 2 December 2009 at the 26th Assembly Session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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Attack Number:099-12
Date:Mon Mar 26 2012
Type of Vessel :Research Vessel
Location detail: Around 370nm NE of Socotra, Yemen
Type of Attack :Attempted
Narrations:26.03.2012:2155 UTC Posn: 16:32N - 059:25E, Around 370nm NE of Socotra, Yemen. (Off Somalia).
A research vessel underway was approached by armed pirates in a speed boat. At a distance of 0.5nm the onboard security team fired warning shots resulting in the pirates aborting and moving away. Crew and ship safe.

Attack Number:100-12
Date:Wed Apr 04 2012
Type of Vessel :Product Tanker
Location detail: Lome anchorage
Type of Attack :Attempted
Narrations:04.04.2012: 0230 UTC: Lome Anchorage, Togo.
Ten robbers in a boat came alongside and attempted to board an anchored product tanker. Alert duty officer raised alarm and informed Togo navy and directed the search light towards the boat resulting in the boat moving towards another vessel in the anchorage. Later another boat with six robbers approached the tanker at high speed. Alarm raised and crew alerted. Seeing crew alertness and the razor wire rigged the robbers moved away. The Master heaved up anchor and proceeded to a safe distance.

Attack Number:101-12
Date:Tue Apr 03 2012
Type of Vessel :Chemical Tanker
Location detail: Dumai Inner anchorage
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:03.04.2012: 0230 LT: Posn: Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia.
Duty crew onboard an anchored chemical tanker spotted two robbers armed with long knives. He immediately informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and sounded the ships whistle. Seeing crew alerted the robbers escaped. Port control contacted but no response.

Attack Number:102-12
Date:Fri Apr 06 2012
Type of Vessel :Chemical Tanker
Location detail: Dumai Inner Anchorge
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:06.04.2012: 0320 LT: Dumai Inner Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored chemical tanker.
Alert crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping empty handed.

Attack Number:103-12
Date:Wed Apr 04 2012
Type of Vessel :Bulk Carrier
Location detail: Around 80nm NE of Masirah Island, Oman
Type of Attack :Fired Upon
Narrations: 04.04.2012: 1645 UTC: Posn: 21:37N - 059:59E Around 50nm SxE of Ras Al Haad, Oman (Off Somalia).
About 4-6 pirates armed with automatic rifles in a skiff chased and fired upon a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, activated distress alert, took evasive manoeuvres and all non essential crew mustered in the citadel. The onboard armed security team returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away.

Attack Number:104-12
Date:Fri Apr 06 2012
Type of Vessel :General Cargo
Location detail: Around 16nm SW of Bandar-e-Jask, Iran,
Type of Attack :Hijacked
Narrations: 06.04.2012: 0505 UTC: Posn: 25:28N - 057:32E Around 16nm SW of Bandar-e-Jask, Iran, (Off Somalia).
Armed pirates attacked and boarded a general cargo ship underway. Master raised alarm, activated the alert and crew mustered in the citadel. The pirates managed to take hostage the crewmembers and hijacked the ship. An Iranian warship responded to the alert and proceeded towards the vessel. The Master contacted the Iranian warship via VHF and requested the navy not to approach their ship due to the high risk to the crew and the death threats received from the pirates. The warship move closer to the ship resulting in exchange of fire between the pirates and the navy. The navy managed to board the ship, detain nine pirates and saved all 28 crewmembers.

Attack Number: 105-12
Date: Sat Apr 07 2012
Type of Vessel : Bulk Carrier
Location detail: Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:07.04.2012:0330 LT: Posn: 01:11.1S-117:11.5E, Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier, entered the forward store and stole ship stores. The robbers were sighted by duty AB who alerted D/O. Alarm raised resulting in the robbers escaping with ship stores.