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Peru: Robbers board bulk carrier at Callao port

26 April

Robbers reportedly boarded an anchored bulk carrier at Callao port on 26 April and escaped with the ship’s stores. The robbery was noticed by crew on duty at about 0100 hrs local time. The local port authority was informed of the robbery.

PGI Analysis: Robberies at Callao port have increased in recent months, highlighting an increased threat to vessels operating at the facility. Robbers are often armed but reports of violent incidents are rare.

Venezuela: Robber boards vessel at La Cruz port

26 April

The duty officer noticed via CCTV camera an unauthorised person on the forecastle of a vessel at La Cruz port at about 2300 hrs local time. The officer raised the alarm and alerted the rest of the crew. The robber reportedly fled the vessel with properties stolen from the forecastle store upon hearing the alarm. Crew and vessel were reported safe.

PGI Analysis: Robberies at Venezuela’s ports and in nearby waters are frequently reported. Robbers are often armed and tend to persist when under attack from security forces until they have been injured or killed.

East Africa and the Indian Ocean

Somalia: Pirates attack two trawlers southeast of Mogadishu

21 April

Pirates aboard two skiffs approached a trawler at 1012 hrs local time, some 240 nm southeast of Mogadishu. A second trawler came to its aid and was fired at by the pirates. Security personnel on the second trawler fired back causing the pirates to flee.

PGI Analysis: Piracy incidents are intermittently reported off Somalia. Robbers are often armed and tend to resort to violence during robberies. There is also a precedent for attackers to persist when under attack from armed security teams until they have been injured or killed.

South East Asia

Indonesia: Robbers board tug boat off Nipa island

23 April

Two suspected robbers boarded an underway Cyprus-flagged tug boat towing a backhoe dredger, approximately 5 nm west-northwest of Nipa island, at about 0510 hrs local time. Two wooden boats were initially sighted alongside the backhoe dredger. The Master of the tug shone a light at the vessel, and the two robbers who had boarded the ship proceeded to escape via the wooden boats. Crew were safe and no items were reported stolen. The tug pilot on board the tug boat reported the incident to the Singapore police coast guard and navy, and Indonesian authorities.

Malaysia: Robbers board tug boat off Tanjung Piai

25 April

A group of between three to four robbers boarded an underway Malaysia-flagged tug boat towing a barge off Tanjung Piai, Malaysia, at 0530 hrs local time. The Master reported the incident to Singapore’s Vessel Traffic Information System who informed the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. Crew were reported safe and no items were reported stolen.

PGI Analyis: There has been an increase in piracy attacks in the Singapore Strait and off the coast of nearby islands in recent months. Robbers have particularly targeted barge vessels and towing boats. Pirates are often armed and tend to resort to violence during robberies.

West Africa

Nigeria: Pirates hijack tanker off Lagos

05 April

According to late reports, nine pirates armed with assault rifles and an RPG hijacked a Nigeria-flagged tanker undergoing sea trials at 2200 hrs local time off Lagos. The gunmen reportedly took a duty officer and the Master hostage and locked the rest of the crew in a cabin. The pirates reportedly damaged navigation and communication equipment and stole ship and crew property.

Nigeria: Armed robbers board tanker in Lagos Anchorage

24 April

Three armed robbers boarded a tanker at 0315 hrs local time at Lagos Anchorage. The robbers were spotted near the boat’s tank. The crew sounded the alarm and mustered causing the robbers to flee with their hoses aboard a small boat. It was unclear if the robbers were able to steal any fuel.

PGI Analysis: Pirate attacks at Nigeria’s ports and off the coast are common and typically occur between 20 and 150 nm off the coast, demonstrating pirates’ extensive geographical range of operation. Crew and vessels are vulnerable to opportunist thieves at anchorage and more sophisticated attacks off Nigeria’s coastline, particularly against tanker vessels. Pirates are often armed and resort to violence.
Source: Protection Vessels International

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