Weekly IMB Piracy Report

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Weekly Piracy Report 21 - 27 August 2001

The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast to all shipping by the IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre on the safetyNET service of Inmarsat-C 21 - 27 August 2001.

For statistical purposes the IMB defines Piracy as: "An act of boarding or attempting to board any ship with the intent to commit theft or any other crime and with the intent or capability to use force in the furtherance of that act". This definition thus covers actual or attempted attacks whether the ship is berthed, at anchor or at sea. Petty thefts are excluded, unless the thieves are armed.

Latest reported incidents 26.08.2001 off Alicia, Zambonga, Mindanao, Philippines. Pirates armed with machine guns raked six fishermen with gunfire and left their bodies aboard two boats, which were stripped of their engines. Other local fishermen found the bodies aboard the boats and called the police.

26.08.2001 at 1400 UTC in position: 20:22N - 071:23E, India. Pirates in two fishing boats boarded a general cargo ship while under tow and stole ship's stores. The tug towing the ship raised alarm but failed to foil the boarding.

23.08.2001 at 0500 LT at port of Freetown, Sierra Leone. While at berth, pirates armed with knives boarded a RO RO ship. They attacked the duty A/B and threatened him with a knife. One of the pirates broke into a container and stole part of the cargo, which was transferred into a waiting boat. The duty officer, while making a routine check, saw the pirates who then jumped into the water and escaped. Chief officer's request for assistance from the port's security personnel was ignored.

20.08.2001 at 0330 LT at port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. While at anchorage, pirates boarded a tanker. They threatened a crewmember and stole his walkie-talkie and wristwatch. They also stole ship's stores and escaped.

15.08.2001 at 0110 LT at port of Rio Haina, Dominican Republic. Two teams of armed pirates boarded a tanker from the riverside using grapnel hooks. One of the teams attacked at the forecastle while the other at accommodation. The alarm was raised and the crew responded immediately and effectively. One of the pirates broke into a lifeboat and stole distress signals. The presence of crewmembers made them flee.

Warnings Increasing number of attacks have been reported in the Malacca straits between the coordinates 01 to 02N - 101 to 103E. The most risk prone area is within 25 nm radius surrounding 02N - 102E, where the same armed gang of pirates seems to have repeatedly attacked ships. Ships are advised to avoid anchoring along the Indonesian coast of the Malacca straits unless required for urgent operational reasons. The coast near Aceh is particularly risky. Pirates recently boarded a vessel carrying out engine repairs and kidnapped the master of a tanker who is being held ashore for ransom.

Ships calling at Indonesian ports of Belawan, Dumai, Merak, Samarinda and Tanjong Priok have reported numerous attacks whilst at berth and at anchor. Recently a number of ships have been hijacked in Indonesian waters. In view of the recent spate in hijackings, ship owners are advised to install a satellite tracking system on board. IMB recommends installation of Shiploc, which has proved to be invaluable in the location and recovery of hijacked vessels. Details can be found at www.shiploc.com.

Attacks have been reported at Chittagong, Mongla and Chennai while at anchor. Ships at ports in Bangladesh have been subjected to theft of zinc anodes welded to ship's sides and the stern. Somalian waters continue to be a risk prone area for hijackings. Ships should keep at least 50 miles and if possible 100 miles from the Somali coast. Use of radio communications including the VHF in these waters should be kept to a minimum.

Advice to all ships Extra caution is advised at all ports in Indonesia, Gelasa Str, Bangka Str, Berhala Str, Sunda Str, Malacca Straits, Singapore Str, Phillip Channel, Vung Tau, Chittagong Roads, Mongla Anchorage, Chennai anchorage, Cochin anchorage, Kandla, Southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Somali coast, Conakry, Nigerian ports and Rio Haina in the Dominican Republic. 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.

Tel ++ 60 3 2078 5763 Fax ++ 60 3 2078 5769 Telex MA 31880 IMBPCI 24 Hours Anti Piracy HELPLINE Tel : ++ 60 3 2031 0014 E-mail ccskl@imbkl.po.my http://www.iccwbo.org/ccs/imb_piracy/weekly_piracy_report.asp

-- Rich Marsh (marshr@airmail.net), August 30, 2001

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