The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has received 8 separate reports of piracy and robbery attacks on shipping in just 6 days, bringing the total number of reported attacks, in 2019 to 92.
Seven of the attacks happened whilst the vessels were either berthed or at anchor.
On 25th July, a bulk carrier berthed in Lagos, Nigeria was boarded by 10 robbers during cargo operations. They assaulted and took hostage the duty Able Seaman (AB) on routine rounds. The robbers stole ships stores from the paint room. They released the duty AB and escaped in their boat. The alarm was raised, crew mustered and a search was carried out. The AB received minor injuries during the incident. Port Control and PFSO were informed.
On 26th July, a duty AB on routine rounds on-board a tanker berthed at Mbaraki Wharf, Mombasa, Kenya noticed a person climbing the mooring rope. The alarm was sound, crew mustered and port control informed. Before the patrol boat responded the person cut two mooring ropes and escaped.
On 27th July, four armed robbers boarded a berthed tanker during cargo operations. The alert crew noticed the robbers near the engine room and raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped through the steering gear room. A search was carried out. It was reported that engine spares were stolen. Incident reported to the PFSO. The tanker was berthed at SDS Terminal, Lubuk Gaung, Indonesia.
Two attacks took place on the 29th July;
The first on a container ship berthed at Tin Can Island Terminal, Port of Lagos, Nigeria. Three robbers armed with metal sticks in a small boat approached and boarded the ship. They attacked the duty AB on routine rounds, stole his personal belongings and escaped. The alarm was raised and a search was carried out. The duty AB was slightly injured during the incident and further medical checkup was initiated. The incident was reported to the PFSO and Harbour Master.
The second was when armed robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier at Monrovia Roads, Liberia. They stole ships property and escaped. The Master tried to call Port Control but received no response.
On 30th July another two attacks took place;
The first, 5nm North of Tanjung Priok, Indonesia, when six robbers armed with knives boarded a chemical tanker waiting for pilot. They injured the Chief Engineer on routine rounds. The alarm was raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed. The incident was reported to the VTS.
The second happened at Belawan anchorage, Indonesia when two robbers boarded the anchored bulk carrier. The alarm was raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed. The incident was reported to the Port Control.
The latest reported attack happened on 4th August when crew on-board a maintenance pontoon at Ciudad del Carmen Anchorage, Mexico reported ships stores and properties stolen. A machete was found near the store room. The Master later received information from another vessel in the vicinity, that robbers had attempted to board their vessel as well. The incident was reported to the Mexico Navy. Three patrol boats were dispatched to investigate.