The following is
a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB's Piracy Reporting
Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET
service of Inmarsat-C from 2 to 8 October 2007.
Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh
Fifty two incidents have been reported since 28.01.2006. Pirates are targeting ships preparing to anchor. Ships are advised to take extra precautions.
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03.10.2007: 0300 UTC: Conakry anchorage, Guinea.
Duty crew on an anchored bulk carrier, noticed two robbers stealing ship stores on the forecastle. Alarm raised and ships whistle sounded. The crew mustered and directed the ships search lights towards the robbers. The robbers escaped. Ships in the vicinity were informed. All calls to port authorities were futile.
07.10.2007: 0210 LT: 01:14.2N - 104:59.3E, Off Bintan islands, Indonesia.
Pirates in a small speedboat approached a bulk carrier underway. The master altered course to avoid the boat however, the boat continued to approach the ship. Alarm raised, ship whistle sounded and crew. Mustered seeing the alert crew the boat aborted the attempt and moved away. Singapore port control informed.
04.10.2007: 0640 UTC: 25:22N - 058:05E, Off Iran coast, Gulf of Oman.
Nine pirates armed with guns, wearing masks in three high-speed crafts approached a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm and crew mustered on ford and aft stations. Anti piracy, measures implemented. After around two hours of chasing the ship, the pirates aborted the attempt.
01.10.2007: 2230 LT: Callao anchorage no.1, Peru.
Duty crew spotted three robbers near the forecastle, on a general cargo ship at anchor. OOW raised the alarm. Ship's whistle sounded and crew rushed to forward. On seeing the crew, robbers jumped overboard and escaped in a waiting boat. Crew searched the area and found some ship stores missing.
30.09.2007: 0530 LT: 06:46.4S-039:20.9E, Dar es Salaam anchorage, Tanzania.
During routine anti piracy rounds, the aft duty AB discovered the forward AB tied up near the bunker station. He informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and mustered the crew. The crew noticed that two containers had been broken into and some ships stores missing. The released AB said that during his rounds on the main deck, two robbers armed with knives attacked him and tied him up. He said that he had noticed six robbers all wearing only shorts. Port Authorities informed.
29.09.2007: 1458 UTC: 13:52N - 050:35E, Gulf of Aden
A vessel underway, noticed on radar only an unlit suspicious craft at a distance of 7.2 nm. The master altered course and increased speed. The craft altered course to continue following the ship. The master alerted the crew, and took anti-piracy measures. Crew directed searchlights in the direction of the boat. At 1546 UTC craft altered course and stopped following the ship.
Piracy prone areas and warnings
Mariners are warned to be extra cautious and to take necessary precautionary measures when transiting the following areas:
S E Asia and the Indian Sub Continent
Bangladesh : Sixty incidents have been reported since January 2006. Pirates are targeting
ships preparing to anchor. Most attacks reported at Chittagong anchorages and approaches. Though the number of attacks has
fallen recently, the area is still listed as very high risk.
Indonesia : Balongan, Balikpapan, Belawan, Tanjong Priok (Jakarta). Generally be vigilant
in other areas. Many attacks may have gone unreported.
Malacca straits : Though the number of attacks has dropped due to the increase and constant
patrols by the littoral states relevant Authorities since July 2005, ships are advised to continue
maintaining a strict anti piracy watch when transiting the straits.
Singapore Straits : Pirates seen attacking ships while at anchor but in the past several ships
were attacked while underway.
Africa and Red Sea
Lagos (Nigeria): Pirates are violent and attacked/robbed/kidnapped crews.
Generally be vigilant in other areas in Nigeria.
Dar es Salaam (Tanzania): Eighteen incidents have been reported since
05.06.2006. Pirates are targeting ships in port and anchorages.
Gulf of Aden / Red Sea : Numerous pirate attacks have been reported by ships and yachts in
the Gulf of Aden/Red Sea. In the past, some of the vessels were fired upon.
Somalian waters : The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has received 26 actual and attempted attacks so
far this year. Many more attacks may have gone unreported. Some pirates are dangerous and
would fire their automatic weapons at ships to stop them. Occasionally, they would use their
RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) launchers at ships. Pirates are believed to be using “mother
vessels” to launch attacks at very far distance from coast. These “mother vessel” is able to
proceed to very far out to sea to launch smaller boats to attack and hijack passing ships.
Eastern and Northeastern coasts are high risk areas for attacks and hijackings. Vessels not
making scheduled calls to ports in Somalia should keep as far away as possible from the
Somali coast, ideally more than 200 nautical miles. Mariners are also advised to report any
suspicious boats to the Centre.
South and Central America and the Caribbean waters
BrazilThough the number of attacks has dropped in Santos. Ships are advised to
continue to be vigilant.
Peru – Callao
Rest of the World
Arabian Sea – Sightings and calls from suspicious small boats. In some cases, boats
chased the ships with unknown intent.
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Reporting of incidents
Ships are advised to maintain anti-piracy watches and report all piratical attacks and suspicious movements of craft to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre,
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia .