Duty crew onboard an anchored ore carrier noticed an unlit barge alongside and raised the alarm at 16:55 UTC in position 38:52.8N – 119:11.8E, Jingtang Anchorage, China. Two robbers wearing masks were seen lowering hoses and escaping from the quarter deck. On searching the ship, oil stains were noticed near the MDO tank sounding pipe. All tanks were sounded. Nothing reported stolen. VTS informed. Reported (IMB) 29 Jan
Underway MV attacked by single skiff at 1933 UTC in position 03:42.01N – 006:10.30E, around 36nm South of Brass, Nigeria.
Attackers fired weapons, however vessel and crew reported safe. Reported (MDAT) 24 Jan.
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According to the Russian Embassy in Benin, the location of Russians captured by pirates, on January 2, in Benin’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Guinea is unknown. As stated by the Embassy, representatives for the company noted that the kidnappers have not contacted yet.
According to the crew, the attack was committed on a speedboat, there were from eight to tem pirates and all of them spoke English. Also, there were no injuries or ill among the crewmembers.
The seafarers have internet and mobile communication with their relatives and friends and are to stay in the vessel until arriving to the destination port in Russia.
The MSC Mandy container carrier arrived from Nigeria to the port of Cotonou, and new crew members went on board the ship, including the captain, to replace the crew members who had been taken hostage. On January 6, the container carrier left Benin’s territorial waters.
On 2nd January 2019, The 46,852 dwt MSC Mandy was attacked and boarded by pirates some 55 nautical miles off the coast of Cotonou, while it was traversing through the Gulf of Guinea. several crew members were reported as missing.
AIS data provided by MarineTraffic shows that the ship, which was sailing from the port of Lome, Togo, is currently anchored off Lagos.
Four stowaways who allegedly threatened the crew of a cargo ship with armed bars were detained by police on Friday night after an operation to secure the vessel was launched off the Kent coast.
The crew of Grande Tema, en route from Lagos in Nigeria to Tilbury in Essex, locked themselves on the bridge after the stowaways they had discovered broke free from a cabin and started to make their demands.
The men had allegedly demanded the crew sail close to the British coast so they could jump off and swim ashore.
The incident came to an end after Royal Navy helicopters were deployed amid reports that elite Special Boat Service commandos had been deployed to carry out the operation.
Essex Police, which oversaw the operation, said: “We have secured a vessel in the Thames Estuary. Four men have been detained under the Immigration Act”.
They said the vessel was boarded at around 11pm and would be brought to the Port of Tilbury to dock.
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Eight Polish crew members from the container ship Pomerenia Sky have been released by their captors, two months after they were kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria.
Poland’s foreign ministry thanked the shipowner and its partners for “their professional handling of this difficult matter.”
It also expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government.
On 13th DEC 2018 at approximately 0845Z a Merchant Vessel in position: 115708N 0450008E (Bab el Mandeb) was approached by a large number of fast moving skiffs with 4/5 POB. AST fired warning shots. Crew and vessel are SAFE.
VESSELS TRANSITING THE AREA ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION
Any queries regarding this Advisory Notice ring 0044 2392 222060 only for further information.
This Advisory is not classified as a Maritime Security Event and has not been verified by UKMTO.
This information is provided to inform maritime situational awareness for mariners operating in the region.
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Nine pirates in a speedboat chased and successfully boarded underway Vanuatu-flagged OSV at 1800 UTC in position 03:08N – 006:20E, around 71nm South of Brass, Nigeria. All crew mustered in the citadel. The Nigerian Navy sent a patrol boat to intercept the pirates. Upon arriving to the vessel location, the navy opened fire, resulting in the pirates escaping with stolen personal belongings. Vessel and crew reported safe 5 Dec at 0045 UTC and have proceeded to Brass Oil Terminal. Reported (MDAT) 4 Dec.
Four armed persons in a speed boat approached and fired upon a tug towing an unladen barge resulting in the Master being shot in the leg at 1230 UTC in position 05:38N – 118: 57E, around 12nm NE of Sabah Coast, Malaysia. Alarm raised and distress message sent on VHF Ch 16. A Royal Malaysian Police boat responded and took the injured Master to hospital. Remaining crew safe. Reported (IMB) 5 Dec.
Three robbers armed with guns and knives boarded an anchored LPG tanker at 1900 UTC in position 05:52.1S – 106:04.8E, Merak Anchorage, Indonesia. The robbers took hostage two crew members and tied them up. They then entered the engine room, stole engine spare parts and escaped. Reported (IMB) 3 Dec.
An MV was attacked in position: 03°08N – 006°20E on 04 Dec 2018 at 1800UTC.
Crew and vessel were confirmed safe on 05 Dec 2018 at 0045UTC and vessel has proceeded to port.
Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution
Source of information: Telephone call to MDAT-GoG.
Any queries regarding this Warning Notice ring 0033 298 22 88 88 for further information.
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Eight robbers armed with guns and knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier at 0300 UTC in position 09:19.8N – 013:44.1W, Conakry Anchorage, Guinea. They took hostage the duty AB and forced him, with a knife on his throat, to take them to the bridge. The armed robbers then took the 2nd Officer and the AB to the Master’s cabin, where they hit the Master and threatened to shoot the 2nd Officer before stealing cash from the ships safe and other personal belongings. The robbers kept the three-crew hostage until they disembarked in waiting boats. Port control informed. Reported (IMB) 21 Nov
On 23rd November 2018 (Friday) at 0200 UTC, 4 trawlers have been attacked by an unknown number of pirates in position 04°18N – 008°47E. Bearing 160°, 12NM from Bakassi Peninsula. The ships have been released and are now safe. Patrol boats are investigating the area. Reported to MDAT-GoG via industrial partner and local MOC (MARITIME OPERATIONAL CENTRE)