Weekly IMB Piracy Warnings Report

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Weekly Piracy Report

4 10 September 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 4 10 September 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 09.09.2001 at 0510 LT at Douala port, Cameroon. While berthed discharging cargo stevedores went ashore. Almost immediately about 8-10 persons armed with knives entered a general cargo ship, threatened the duty officer and two crewmembers and jobbed their wristwatches. Port control did not respond to master's call for help on vhf.

08.09.2001 at 0720 LT in position 12:48N - 043:15E, Bab-El-Mandeb, Gulf of Aden. While underway, several speed crafts with 5-8 persons in each attempted to board a general cargo ship. Ship's crew were alerted and mustered on deck. Some of the boats approached very close but did not board after observing the alert crew on deck.

08.09.2001 at Jakarta anchorage, Indonesia. While at anchor, four pirates boarded a general cargo ship and broke open the store and stole ship's equipment. When challenged by crew, they assaulted one crewmember and jumped into the water and escaped in their boat.

05.09.2001 at 0400 LT at Lagos Roads, Nigeria. Soon after dropping anchor, armed pirates boarded a general cargo ship. Pirates stole crew's property and ship's stores.

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 Acheh is particularly risky. Pirates recently boarded two vessels and kidnapped the crew for ransom. Ships are advised to be extra cautious when transiting the waters off Acheh. 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

-- Rich Marsh (marshr@airmail.net), September 12, 2001


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