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Piracy Reports from mid April to mid March 2012

20 May 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).

Attack Number: 120-12
Date: 2012-04-19
Type of Vessel : Fishing Vessel
Location detail: (17nm South of Ras Fartak, Yemen), Gulf of Aden
Type of Attack : Hijacked
Narrations: 21.04.2012 : 1700 UTC Posn : 15:20N - 052:12E,around 17nm South of Ras Fartak, Yemen (Off Somalia)
A fishing vessel and two of her associated skiffs are reported to be hijacked by suspected Somalia pirates.

Attack Number:121-12
Date:2012-04-20
Type of Vessel : Chemical Tanker
Location detail: (53nm West of Al Hudaydah, Yemen), Red Sea
Type of Attack :Attempted
Narrations:22.04.2012: 0400 UTC: Posn: 14:58.2N-042:01.8E, around 53nm West of Al Hudaydah, Yemen, Red Sea
Pirates in three skiffs approach and attempted to board a chemical tanker underway. On boaard security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs aborting the attack.

Attack Number:122-12
Date:2012-04-22
Type of Vessel :Container
Location detail:Singapore Straits Anchorage
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:24.04.2012: 0130 LT: Posn: 01:14.4N – 103:35.5.E, Singapore Straits.
While at anchor, robbers boarded a container ship, stole ship's stores and escaped.

Attack Number:123-12
Date:2012-04-21
Type of Vessel :Crude Tanker
Location detail:Around 19nm from "A" IRTC
Type of Attack :Attempted
Narrations:26.04.2012: 0740 LT: Posn: 11:56N – 044:39E, Around 19nm from “A” IRTC, Gulf of Aden.
Four skiffs with around 3-4 pirates armed with AK 47 rifles chased a tanker underway. All non essential crew retreated into the citadel. As the skiffs closed the onboard armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the attack being aborted.

Attack Number:124-12
Date:2012-04-19
Type of Vessel :Chemical Tanker
Location detail:Around 5nm SSE of Lome
Type of Attack :Attempted
Narrations:26.04.2012: 0740 UTC: Posn: 06:02N – 001:15E, Around 5nm SSE of Lome, Togo.
Two boats with eight men in each approached an anchored oil tanker, one from the forward and the other from aft. Alert crew spotted the boat, raised the alarm and spotlights were directed towards the boats. Master informed Togo navy and the crew were able to deter the robbers. The boats were seen to move away. Later the crew once again noticed the boats approaching but they were able to deter the attempted attack.

Attack Number:125-12
Date:2012-04-27
Type of Vessel :Bulk Carrier
Location detail:El Dekheila Anchorage
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:30.04.2012: 0150 UTC: Posn: 31:12.4N – 029:45.4E, El Dekheila Anchorage, Egypt.
About six robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. D/O raised the alarm and three crewmembers rushed forward to try and stop the robbery. The robbers threatened the crewmembers with knives and they retreated to the accommodation where they armed themselves with iron rods and approached the robbers with the other crew. Upon seeing the crewmembers, the robbers escaped with the stolen ship’s stores and properties in their boats. Port control contacted, but no response received.

Attack Number:126-12
Date:2012-04-27
Type of Vessel :Product Tanker
Location detail:Lome Anchorage
Type of Attack :Hijacked
Narrations:30.04.2012: 1608 UTC: Posn: 06:01.14N – 001:20.2E, Lome Anchorage, Togo.
The product tanker was boarded by pirates who took hostage 24 crew members and hijacked the vessel and sailed to unknown location. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre contacted relevant authorities to search for vessel. On 04.05.2012 the crew and vessel were released.

Attack Number:128-12
Date:2012-04-27
Type of Vessel :Container
Location detail:Around 4.5nm from Port of Matadi
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:27.04.2012: 0500 LT: Posn: 05:51.9S - 013:24.9E, Around 4.5nm from Port of Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Four boats, two from the port bow and two from the port quarter with seven robbers armed with knives approached and boarded an anchored container vessel. Alert crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and contacted the local port authorities. The robbers stole ship's cargo and escaped. All crew are safe.

Attack Number:129-12
Date:2012-05-07
Type of Vessel :Container
Location detail:(Around 275nm SSE of Socotra Island, Yemen), Off Somalia
Type of Attack :Attempted
Narrations:07.05.2012: 0310 UTC: Posn: 08:17.7N-056:29.8E (Around 275nm SSE of Socotra Island, Yemen), Off Somalia.
Pirates in three skiffs approach and attempted to board a container ship underway. Alarm sounded and all non essential crew mustered in the citadel. Rocket parachute flares fired to warn the approaching skiffs. When the skiffs closed to less than 0.5nm the onboard security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiffs aborting the attack and moving away.

Attack Number:130-12
Date:2012-05-07
Type of Vessel :Other
Location detail:
Type of Attack :Hijacked
Narrations:07.05.2012: 0640 UTC: Posn: 04:26.19N - 004:58.44E, Nigeria.
While underway, pirates hijacked a supply vessel and took her 17 crew as hostage. The hijackers released the crew and vessel at 1755 UTC. The crew and vessel are safe.

Attack Number:131-12
Date:2012-04-17
Type of Vessel :Tug
Location detail:South China Sea. Enroute between Langkawi and Tawau, Malaysia.
Type of Attack :Hijacked
Narrations:17.04.2012: South China Sea.
A tug towing a barge was hijacked while enroute from Langkawi, Malaysia to Tawau, East Malaysia. The tug and tow had left Langkawi on 12.04.2012. The last contact the Owners had with the tug was on 16.04.2012 after which the vessel was hijacked. The seven crew members of the tug were set adrift and were rescued by a Vietnamese fishing vessel and safely landed in Vietnam. The barge was located in the vicinity of Palawan Island, Philippines on the 26.04.2012 by the Philippines Coast Guard. The hijacked tug is still missing.

Attack Number:132-12
Date:2012-05-08
Type of Vessel :Other
Location detail:Off Pennington Oil Terminal
Type of Attack:Boarded
Narrations:08.05.2012: 0720 UTC: Posn: 03:53.5N – 005:46.8E, Off Pennington Oil Terminal, Nigeria.
Six pirates armed with assault rifles in a speed boat launched from a fishing trawler boarded a supply vessel towing a barge. Alarm raised and all crew retreated into the citadel. After 1.5hours the crew emerged from the citadel and found the pirates had left. On inspection it was noticed that the bridge windows were damaged and ship's properties were stolen.

Attack Number:133-12
Date:2012-05-08
Type of Vessel :Product Tanker
Location detail:16nm NE from Bintan Island, Indonesia
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:08.05.2012: 1808 UTC: Posn: 01:13.38N – 104:53.0E, 16nm NE from Bintan Island, Indonesia.
Duty OOW onboard a product tanker underway spotted two speed boats approaching at high speed. Alarm raised and tanker made evasive manoeuvres, directed the search lights towards the boats, and sent distress message. Pirates boarded the tanker via the poop deck by using a portable ladder however they could not get access into the accommodation as it was locked and secured from inside. All crew mustered and remained on the bridge until the

pirates disembarked 30 minutes later. No injury to crew and nothing stolen.

Attack Number:134-12
Date:2012-05-09
Type of Vessel :Crude Tanker
Location detail:(Around 345nm ESE of Socotra Island, Yemen), Off Somalia
Type of Attack :Fired Upon
Narrations:09.05.2012: 1000 UTC: Posn: 10:40N - 060:04E (Around 345nm ESE of Socotra Island, Yemen), Off Somalia.
Pirates in two skiffs armed with AK47 and RPG approached a crude tanker underway. At a distance of 50 meters from the vessel the pirates fired seven RPG rounds and more than 300 rounds from AK47 firing upon the tanker. Effective anti piracy measures resulted in the skiffs aborting and moving away. No injuries to crew however vessel sustained damage due to the firing.

Attack Number:135-12
Date:2012-05-10
Type of Vessel :Chemical Tanker
Location detail:(Around 260nm ENE of Socotra Island, Yemen), Off Somalia
Type of Attack :Fired Upon
Narrations:10.05.2012: 1010 UTC: Posn: 14:18N - 058:27E (Around 260nm ENE of Socotra Island, Yemen), Off Somalia.
Six pirates in a skiff approached and fired upon a tanker underway from a distance of 500 meters. The armed security team returned fired resulting in the skiff aborting and moving away.

Attack Number:136-12
Date:2012-05-10
Type of Vessel :Crude Tanker
Location detail:(Around 250nm SE of Ras Al Madrakah, Oman), Off Somalia
Type of Attack :Hijacked
Narrations:
10.05.2012: 0923 UTC: Posn: 15:58N – 061:02E, (Around 250nm SE of Ras Al Madrakah, Oman), Off Somalia.
Ten Pirates in two skiffs armed with automatic weapons chased a crude oil tanker underway. The tanker enforced anti piracy measures, increased speed, made evasive manoeuvres and managed to evade the boarding attempt resulting in the skiffs regrouping with the mother ship in the vicinity. Later, the skiffs launched a second attack on the tanker, approached at a speed of 24knots and managed to successfully board and hijack the vessel and take hostage the 26 crew members.

Attack Number:137-12
Date:2012-05-10
Type of Vessel :Bulk Carrier
Location detail:Taboneo(Banjarmasin) Anchorage
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:10.05.2012: 1200 LT: Posn: 03:42S-114:27E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier during cargo operations, stole ship's stores from forecastle and escaped before being spotted by the crew. Authorities informed and boarded the vessel for inspection.

Attack Number:138-12
Date:2012-05-12
Type of Vessel :Bulk Carrier
Location detail:Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:12.05.2012: 0500 LT: Posn: 01:11.1S - 117:13.9E, Muara Jawa Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier and stole ship's stores and escaped unnoticed. The theft was noticed by the duty A/B during routine rounds on deck

Attack Number:139-12
Date:2012-05-12
Type of Vessel :LPG Tanker
Location detail:Off Hanish AS Sughra Island
Type of Attack :Attempted
Narrations:12.05.2012: 1140 UTC: Posn: 13:52N-042:52E, Red Sea.
About 12 pirates chased and closed in to 0.2nm from a LPG Tanker underway. Master enforced anti piracy measures and increased speed. The onboard security team displayed their weapons and the boats then moved away. All crew and vessel are safe.

Attack Number:140-12
Date:2012-05-13
Type of Vessel :Bulk Carrier
Location detail:Around 9.4nm Off Isla La Palma, Buenaventura
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:13.05.2012: 0545 UTC: Posn: 03:46.6N - 077:27.4W, Around 9.4nm from Isla La Palma, Buenaventura, Colombia.
Four robbers boarded a bulk carrier drifting waiting for berthing instructions. Alarm raised. Crew mustered and approached with steel pipes. The robbers jumped overboard and escaped with stolen ship's stores.

Attack Number:141-12
Date:2012-05-14
Type of Vessel :Product Tanker
Location detail:Port Suez Anchorage
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:14.05.2012: 2300-2345 LT: Posn: 29:50.1N - 032:31.6E, Port Suez Anchorage, Egypt.
Robbers boarded an anchored product tanker unnoticed, stole ship's stores and escaped unnoticed. The theft occurred during a sandstorm when the duty A/B was called into the accommodation. Port control informed.

Attack Number:142-12
Date:2012-05-15
Type of Vessel :Product Tanker
Location detail:Suez Anchorage
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:15.05.2012: 0100 UTC: Suez anchorage, Egypt.
Robbers boarded an anchored tanker, broke into the forecastle store, stole ship's stores and escaped unnoticed. Upon investigation it was learnt that the robbery took place between the deck security rounds carried out by the crew.

Attack Number:143-12
Date:2012-05-17
Type of Vessel :Container
Location detail:Puerto Limon Anchorage, Costa Rica
Type of Attack :Attempted
Narrations:17.05.2012: 0740 UTC: Posn: 09:58.2N – 083:00.1W, Puerto Limon Anchorage, Costa Rica.
Five robbers in a boat were noticed by alert deck watchmen alongside their container ship with boat hooks in an attempt to board. Duty officer raised alarm and reported to port authorities. Seeing the alert crew the robbers aborted the attempt and moved away.

Attack Number:144-12
Date:2012-05-19
Type of Vessel :Bulk Carrier
Location detail:Taboneo anchorage, Banjarmasin
Type of Attack :Boarded
Narrations:18.05.2012: 2240 LT: Posn: 03:42.7S – 114:26.8E, Taboneo Anchorage, Banjarmasin, Indonesia.
Duty A/B on roving deck patrol noticed five robbers in the forward store. Two of the robbers threatened him with a knife and the A/B escaped and informed D/O who raised alarm and alerted all crew. By the time the crew members went forward the robbers had escaped with stolen ship's stores.

Attack Number:145-12
Date:2012-05-18
Type of Vessel :Crude Tanker
Location detail:(Around 25nm South of Ra's-e Jask, Iran), Off Somalia.
Type of Attack :Attempted
Narrations:18.05.2012: 2000 LT: Posn: 25:20.9N – 057:34.6E (Around 25nm South of Ra's-e Jask, Iran), Off Somalia.
Three skiffs chased a crude tanker underway and approached close to the stern. Alarm sounded, authorities and nearby warship contacted. Later the skiffs aborted the boarding and moved away.

source: Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 2012