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Piracy reports third week of April 2012

22 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:111-12
Date:Mon Apr 09 2012
Type of Vessel :Chemical Tanker
Ship's Flag:

Location detail: Around 425nm east of Socotra Island, Yemen.
Type of Attack : Attempted
Narrations: 09.04.2012: 0900 UTC: Posn: 12:13.1N-061:49.9E, Around 400nm east of Socotra, Yemen. (Off Somalia).
Duty lookout onboard a chemical tanker underway noticed a mother vessel lowering a skiff. The skiff with six pirates armed with RPG and automatic weapons approached the vessel at high speed. Alarm sounded and non essential crew retreated into the citadel. Onboard armed security teams fired warning shots at the approaching skiff at a distance of 500 meters. The skiff was observed to stop and return to the mother vessel. Crew and vessel safe.




Attack Number: 112-12

Fri Apr 13 2012
Bulk Carrier
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Around 40nm east of Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique

Fired Upon

13.04.2012: 1118 UTC: Posn: 11:18.8S – 041:00.2E. Around 40nm east of Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique (Off Somalia).
Seven pirates armed with automatic weapons in a skiff chased and fired upon a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, took evasive manoeuvres, informed UKMTO and crew mustered. After chasing the vessel for 20 minutes the pirates aborted the attempted attack due to the hardening measures taken by the ship and the adverse sea conditions.


113-12 Sun Apr 15 2012
Crude Tanker
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Around 24nm NE of Tg. Penyusop

15.04.2012: 2300 LT: Posn: 01:35N – 104:37E, Around 24nm NE of Tg. Penyusop, Malaysia.
Seven pirates armed with guns and knives boarded a tanker underway. They threatened the crewmembers, damaged the communication equipments and stole ship’s cash and properties and escaped. No injuries to crewmembers. Incident reported to Singapore and Vietnam MRCC.



Wed Feb 29 2012

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Singapore Straits

29.02.2012: 1300 LT: Posn: 01:14.23N – 104:02.28E, Singapore Straits.
A tug towing a barge enroute from Singapore to Pasir Gudang, Malaysia was approached by eight small boats. Master reported to VTIS Singapore upon seeing the boats alongside the barge. A Singapore naval vessel approached the barge and the boats moved away. Twenty minutes later, the boats came alongside the barge again and moved away upon seeing a Malaysian naval vessel approaching. After anchoring the barge was inspected and it was found that some of the cargo was stolen.


Thu Apr 12 2012
Bulk Carrier
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Around 7nm SE of Lome

12.04.2012: 0510 LT: Posn: 06:01.2N – 001:17.3E, Around 7nm SE of Lome, Togo.
About four robbers in a boat attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier. Alert duty crew noticed them and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers aborting the attempt.



Date:Sat Apr 14 2012
Type of Vessel :Crude Tanker
Ship's Flag:Liberia
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Gulf of Aden


14.04.2012: 0145 UTC: Posn: 14:17.5N – 052:50.7E, Gulf of Aden.
D/O onboard a tanker underway noticed two skiffs being launched from a mother ship. The skiffs started approaching the vessel. Onboard security team alerted. Master raised alarm, fired two rocket flares and altered away from the vessel. The skiffs later aborted and moved back towards the mother vessel.


Sun Mar 25 2012

Chemical Tanker
Hong Kong
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Lubuk Gaung, Dumai Anchorage

25.03.2012: 0200 LT: Posn: 01:43N - 101:26E, Lubuk Gaung, Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker. They entered into the engine room, stole engine spares and escaped unnoticed. The incident was reported to the authorities thru the local agents.



Tue Apr 17 2012

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Guayaquil Inner Anchorage

17.04.2012: 1920 LT: Guayaquil Inner Anchorage. Ecuador.
Seven robbers in a small fast craft approached and came alongside a container ship underway during a river passage. Alert crew noticed the robbers with a ladder attempting to board and raised the alarm. Seeing the alert crew the robbers aborted the attempt and moved away. Pilot reported to Harbour Control.



Fri Apr 20 2012

Bulk Carrier

Korea South
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Samarinda Anchorage (Muara Jawa)
20.04.2012: 0520 LT: Posn: 01:10.6S 117:15E, Samarinda Anchorage (Muara Jawa), Indonesia.During rounds on deck duty AB onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed a boat near the forecastle. Suddenly eight robbers appeared on deck, tied the AB's hands and feet, made him lie down on deck and started lowering the mooring ropes. The AB managed to free his feet and ran aft for help and inform duty officer. Alarm raised and all crew proceeded to the forecastle. Robbers manage to escape with stolen ships stores and ships properties. Local authorities informed but received no response.