Further Armed Piracy Attacks in Sierra Leone and Indonesia

Two separate piracy incidents occurred yesterday, 21st July 2019; one anchored in Freetown, Sierra Leone and one underway 16nm NW of Pulau Damar, Indonesia

In both cases the pirates were armed.

Sunday 21st July 2019
0240 UTC
Freetown Anchorage, Sierra Leone.
Five robbers armed with knives in a small wooden boat approached and boarded an anchored container ship using a rope attached with a hook.
The robbers took hostage the duty crew and stole his personal belongings and ship’s properties.
Alert crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm.
All doors locked and crew mustered.
Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped.
Port Control informed.
During the incident the duty crew sustained injuries

Sunday 21st July 2019
1925 UTC
Approx. 16nm NW of Pulau Damar, Indonesia.
Seven pirates armed with a pistol and knives in a small speed boat boarded a bulk carrier underway using a ladder attached with a hook.
Master and the second officer taken hostage, tied up and assaulted by the pirates.
The pirates stole cash and crew personal belongings before escaping.
Incident reported to Korean Authorities.

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