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Piracy Incident Report: Indonesia

A detailed report from Allmode Security, with regular updates on piracy activity in the region of Indonesia this year. Incidents include multiple hijacks, boardings and attempted boardings. Despite the increased patrolling and extra monitoring of this particular region, pirates are still managing to board slow moving vessels whilst underway. Allmode advise continued enhanced vigilance in this piracy hotspot. 

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Piracy Incident Report: 516

Incident Type: Boarded
Area:Around 7.63nm ESE of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Position: 01°06’N - 103° 32’E
Date of Incident: 22/08/15 REPORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):0520
information Source: :IMB

Four robbers boarded a Container Ship underway, from their small boat. They broke the padlock of the engine room. The duty oiler on routine round’s, spotted the robbers and informed the bridge. The Master raised the general alarm, contacted Singapore VTIS for assistance and the crew were mustered. Seeing the crew respond, the robbers escaped. A search was carried out. Footprints were noticed on the poop deck. Nothing was reported stolen. A navy patrol boat escorted the vessel to the pilot boarding area. When alongside, the authorities boarded the ship for investigation.

Allmode Comment:

There was a significant number of boarding which occurred in August, particularly in this vicinity therefore all vessels transiting this region are advised to operate at enhanced security levels. It is also more helpful to others, if vessels reported incidents as they happen, so as to act as an early warning system. 

Piracy Incident Report: 515

Incident Type: Boarded
Area: Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia.
Position: 01°42’N - 101°30’E
Date of Incident: 29/09/15
Time of Incident (LT):00220
information Source: :IMB

 

Four robbers, armed with machetes, boarded a Product Tanker whilst at anchor. Hearing the intrusion alarm, the OOW contacted the duty crew to check. When the aft crew did not reply, the AB keeping watch on the forecastle, was instructed to investigate. The aft duty crew were found gagged and tied up. The alarm was raised and the crew were alerted. Seeing the crew respond, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. Attempts to contact port control were futile.

Allmode Comment:

Piracy incidents at this anchorage have reduced compared to last year, but as a result, patrols in and around this anchorage have been reduced. This situation is not ideal, as this incident shows that robbers will still attempt to board vessels here and use force and weapons to carry out the robbery. It is therefore extremely important that vessels take security into their own hands and the vessel is equipped with vessel hardening measures that may make boarding more difficult. The fact that the robbers were unsuccessful, could suggest that they may try again in the near future, especially as it will be seen that no patrols were active in the area. All vessels anchored here, will need to enhance their security protocols and warn their crews to be extra vigilant. 

Piracy Incident Report: 514

Incident Type: Boarded
Area: Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Position:03°56’ N - 098°45’E
Date of Incident:25/09/15
Time of Incident (LT):Unknown
information Source: :IMB

Robbers boarded an anchored Product Tanker unnoticed. All the crew were mustered and a search was carried out. It was found that the ship’s stores and engine spares had been stolen. The Incident was reported to the local agents.

Allmode Comment:

Attacks at this anchorage appear to have reduced as a result of increased security in and around the port, however it is clear that opportunistic attacks still occur and vessels should ensure that they operate a stringent security system. Crew safety and security awareness training is highly recommended for all vessels transiting this region. All crew are strongly advised against approaching any intruders on a vessel. Perpetrators within this region of the world tend to be well armed and any approach could encourage a violent response which has been seen in previous incidents. 

Piracy Incident Report: 513

Incident Type: Boarded
Area: Around 5.50nm SSW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Position: 01°03’N - 103°37’E
Date of Incident:03.08.15 REPORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):0130
information Source: :IMB

Five robbers boarded a Bulk Carrier whilst underway. The Duty crew on routine rounds, sighted the robbers near the aft deck and alerted the other crew members. The Master raised the general alarm and made an announcement on the PA system. Seeing the crew react, the robbers escaped empty handed. All of the crew are safe. The VTIS Singapore was informed.

Allmode Comment:

This incident has been reported late but it is useful for statistical purposes. August has now seen the 2nd highest number of boarding’s to take place so far this year. All vessels transiting this region are to ensure that security measures are taken whilst transiting this volatile region. 

Piracy Incident Report: 511

Incident Type: Attempted Boarding
Area: Around 3.09nm SW of Pulau Takong Kecil, Indonesia.
Position: 01°04’ N - 103°41’E
Date of Incident:20.09.15
Time of Incident (LT):2320
information Source: :IMB

The crew on-board a Bulk Carrier underway, noticed a speed boat with eight persons approaching. They raised the alarm, mustered the crew, and informed the vessel traffic information system (VTIS), before activating the anti-piracy measures. As the boat came alongside, the Master commenced manoeuvring, which resulted in the robbers aborting their approach and moving away. The Naval vessels in the vicinity were dispatched to assist the vessel.

Allmode Comment:

Early detection is the key to preventing boarding and the majority of piracy attacks are repelled when a ship’s crew have planned and trained in advance of the passage. As seen in this incident, the use of evasive manoeuvers by the Master was enough to deter the robbers from continuing with their approach. They are not used to having to overcome these obstacles and will therefore generally abort the robbery if faced with difficulties and a crew who know that they are present.

Piracy Incident Report: 510

Incident Type:Boarded
Area:Around 1.92nm NE of Pulau Karimun, Indonesia.
Position: 01°11’N - 103°25’E
Date of Incident:20.09.15
Time of Incident (LT):0400
information Source: :IMB

Three robbers armed with a bolo, boarded a Bulk Carrier underway. They entered the engine room, stole ship property and escaped. The duty crew sighted the robbers, raised the alarm and mustered the crew. The Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) Singapore was informed. A naval vessel was observed in the vicinity.

Allmode Comment:

The authorities have had to step-up their patrols of the Straits, due to the increased number of incidents taking place. However, this does not appear to be deterring the small boats from undertaking early morning raids. They have the ability to escape into the small ravines that dominate the region and also stay out of sight of the Naval vessels which are unable to pursue the robbers into the ravines due to their size. Keep the deck area illuminated at night and have additional barriers at the points of entry to try to deter boarding. A minimum of two watch-keepers would also be advisable

 

Piracy Incident Report: 509

Incident Type:Boarded
Area:Around 6.6 nm ESE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Position: : 01°06’N - 103°31’E
Date of Incident:16.09.15
Time of Incident (LT):0420
information Source: :IMB 

The duty lookout on-board a Bulk Carrier underway, noticed a speed boat alongside the ship.
The alarm was raised, the crew mustered and the SSAS activated. The robbers entered the engine room, tied up the Duty Oiler and escaped with ship’s engine spares.

Allmode Comment:

It is not uncommon for crew members to be tied up by robbers, in an effort to prevent them from hampering the robbery. The perpetrators are usually armed with small knives or machete type weapons but will try to avoid using them. Crew are advised to not challenge these robbers and rely on the practiced line of command contained in the ships SSAS plan, which should be practiced and updated frequently.

Piracy Incident Report: 508

Incident Type:Boarded
Area:Around 5.68nm East of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia
Position: : 01°10’N - 103°29’E
Date of Incident: 21.08.16 REPORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):0410
information Source: :IMB 

The crew on-board a drifting container ship noticed a hook attached to a rope near the poop deck. The alarm was raised, crew mustered and a search was carried out. Seeing the crew responding, the robbers escaped with ship’s property.

Allmode Comment:

Thefts from vessels underway continue to plague this area in the Singapore Straits. It is essential that all vessels moving through the Singapore Straits remain vigilant and have 24 hour watch-keeping in place to make boarding difficult.

 

Piracy Incident Report: 505

Incident Type:Boarded
Area: Around 1.8nm NE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Position: 01°11’N - 103°25’E
Date of Incident: 08/09/15
Time of Incident (LT):0230
information Source: :IMB 

A bulk carrier was boarded whilst transiting the Singapore Straits. The perpetrators were spotted by the Master who raised the alarm and switched on all deck lights. The crew mustered and a full search was carried out. Nothing was reported stolen. Vessel Traffic Information (VTIS) Singapore was informed and when the ship entered Singapore anchorage, the Coast Guard boarded for investigation.

Allmode Comment:

So far this year more than 70 vessels have been attacked whilst transiting the Malacca and Singapore Straits. Of those attacks directed against vessels underway, the majority have occurred in the Eastbound (southernmost) lane of the Traffic separation scheme (TSS) - suggesting that many of the criminal groups are based to the south in the Palau archipelago.

Due to the increase in frequency of attacks within the region, Allmode recommend all vessels transiting the region should refer to the BMP4 countermeasures, in liaison with their Maritime Security Provider.

Although BMP-4 was developed in response to Indian Ocean Piracy, there is much that can be of use in safeguarding vessels from all forms of hostile action, in all areas of the world. In order to implement this system satisfactorily, and safeguard the vessel/crew, the use of unarmed security advisors is the recommended option. Not only will they be able to conduct crew (re)training and assist in the design and construction of the physical security measures, but be able to assist the Master and SSO in a management review of their SSP, and develop and implement “one-off” security measures - valid only for the portion of the transit at which the vessel is at risk. 

Piracy Incident Report: 504

Incident Type:Boarded
Area: Around 6.4nm SE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Position: 01°07’N - 103°31’E
Date of Incident: 09.09.15
Time of Incident (LT):0500
information Source: :IMB 

The Chief Officer on-board a container ship under way, noticed the duty engineer lying on the floor, bound and gagged with his mouth bleeding. The alarm was raised. After searching the vessel, it was noticed that a robber had boarded unnoticed and stolen ship’s spares before making their escape.

Allmode Comment:

The use of violence against crew is on the rise and the fact that the pirates managed to board un-noticed is of concern. All vessels transiting through this region should be fully aware of the risks posed to them and have round the clock watch-keeping and vessel hardening measures in place. Watch-keeping in particular should be enhanced for the east bound transit corridor, as this is currently a hot spot location for boarding’s to take place. The use of lighting at the possible entry points would also aid watch-keeping and a well-rehearsed warning system is needed to alert all crew on board of any possible imminent threat. 

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Piracy Incident Report: 498

Incident Type:Boarded
Area: Around 4.15nm SSW off Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Position: 01°04’N - 103°36’E
Date of Incident: 20/08/15
Time of Incident (LT):0535
information Source: :IMB 

Whilst underway, approximately seven robbers, armed with knives, boarded a Bulk Carrier. The crew spotted the robbers and immediately retreated to the bridge. Two crew members remained in the engine room. The vessel transmitted a SSAS alert and informed the VTIS Singapore, which indicated that a patrol boat was dispatched to provide assistance. Later, the vessel informed the authority that the robbers had left the vessel. All the crew are safe.

Allmode Comment:

As most robberies in this vicinity involve stealing engine spares from the store rooms, it is advisable to ensure that these store areas are well secured. Generally the robbers will try to avoid any confrontation with the crew, but may be violent towards crew. 

Piracy Incident Report: 494

Incident Type:Boarded
Area:Around 4.12nm NNE of Pulau Batam, Indonesia.
Position: 01:15.6N – 104:07.8E
Date of Incident: 15.08.15
Time of Incident (LT):1000
information Source: :IMB 

While en route to Tianjin, China, the duty crew on-board a container ship, noticed the padlocks on three store rooms had been damaged. He immediately raised the alarm and the crew were mustered. Hearing the alarm, a robber was observed escaping from the CO2 room. A search was carried out, but nothing appeared to have been stolen.

Allmode Comment:

Yet again, as in report 491, the robbers have boarded during daylight hours and have made a hasty escape, without any goods, once the alarm has been raised. This is potentially indicative of a worsening financial situation for the gang to attempt robberies in daylight, as this does prove more risky, especially as the patrols have been stepped up in the Singapore Straits. 

 

Piracy Incident Report: 493 

Incident Type:Boarded
Area:Berth No.1, Chevron Terminal, Dumai Port, Indonesia
Position:01°41’N – 101°28’E,
Date of Incident: 26.07.15 REPORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):0145
Information Source: :IMB

Robbers boarded a berthed tanker. They entered the engine room, stole ship's spares and escaped. The Master reported the incident to the owners.

Allmode Comment:

Incidents are sometimes slow in being reported to the IMB, due to some concerns from companies that the reporting could jeopardise the safety and security of their future operations. However, it is in everyone’s interest to be warned of any pirate gangs that are currently operating in particular area and therefore enable any vessels transiting at that time to be fore- warned and therefore more alert to the dangers they may be facing. 

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Piracy Incident Report: 492 

Incident Type:Boarded
Area:Around 5.37nm East of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Position: 01°07’N - 103°30’E
Date of Incident: 13.08.15
Time of Incident (LT):0600
Information Source: :IMB 

Five robbers, armed with long knives, boarded a Container vessel whilst underway. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. Hearing the alarm, and seeing the crew respond, the robbers escaped. A search was carried out. Nothing was reported stolen. The incident was reported to the VTIS Singapore.

Allmode Comment:

The timely intervention of the crew and the raising of the alarm has deterred the robbers. This incident occurred just as the sun would be rising, giving the VTIS patrol vessels the best chance they have of apprehending the gang. It is therefore important for all vessels in the area to report anything suspicious to the authorities. 

 

Piracy Incident Report: 491 

Incident Type:Boarded
Area:Around 13nm NNE of Belawan, Indonesia.
Position: 04°00’N - 098°45’E
Date of Incident: 12.08.15
Time of Incident (LT):10.45
Information Source: :IMB

Pirates boarded an anchored Product Tanker via the anchor chain and hawse pipe. They stole ship’s property and made their escaped, before being spotted by the crew. When the crew returned to work, after the morning break, they noticed the forward store room door broken into and wet foot prints on the deck. The ships agent was notified.

Allmode Comment:

The timing of this robbery is unusual, as it appears to have been in daylight hours. However, the pirate gang appears to have had the crew under surveillance, as they struck when the crew were on a routine break, conducting a quick robbery. It is therefore important for crews to enhance security to store rooms and potentially vary the times of breaks and how many crew take their breaks at the same time, always leaving a look-out. 

 

Piracy Incident Report: 490 

Incident Type:Boarded
Area:Around 1nm NE of Pulau Rangsang, Indonesia.
Position:  01°02’N - 103°02’E
Date of Incident: 24.06.15 REORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):0430
Information Source: :IMB

Four robbers, armed with long knives, boarded a Bulk Carrier underway, from their small speed boat. They entered the engine room by breaking the padlock, securing the door to the engine room. The duty oiler, on routine rounds, noticed footprints on the deck outside the workshop. The robbers confronted the oiler, took him hostage and tied him up. As the robbers continued to steal the engine room spares, the oiler managed to escape and raised the alarm. The crew were mustered. Hearing the alarm and seeing the crew respond, the robbers escaped. A search was carried out. The incident was reported to the coast guard. On arrival at Singapore anchorage, the coast guard boarded the ship for investigation.

Allmode Comment:

June saw twenty five incidents of piracy recorded and although this incident was reported late, it is useful for statistical analysis to be included in the monthly figures. 

 

Piracy Incident Report: 489 

Incident Type: Hijack
Area:Around 13.4nm ENE of Pulau Rupat, Indonesia, Malacca Straits.
Position:02°03’N – 101°59’E
Date of Incident: 08.08.15
Time of Incident (LT):2000
Information Source: :IMB/reCAAP

Armed pirates attacked and hijacked a Product Tanker (Joaquim) whilst underway, en route to Malaysia. The ship was carrying 3,500 metric tons of fuel oil. The last known location for the vessel was on the 08.08.15 at around 1350 hrs LT. A search was launched for the missing tanker by the authorities, who launched surface and air assets to try to locate the vessel.

On 09.08.2015 the tanker was located at position 02°03’N - 101°59’E. The fuel (worth USD $700,000) had been siphoned and the power had been cut off. Two crew members, the Master and the Bunker crew, were reported injured by punches from the pirates and were provided with medical attention. The pirates had escaped.

Allmode Comment:

This is the 3rd similar incident reported in the Malacca Straits, the previous two incidents occurred on 2nd May 2015 and 13th February 2015. From the initial information received, the modus operandi of the incident involved Joaquim is similar to previous siphoning incidents involving hijacking of the tanker for siphoning of the fuel oil on board.

It is believed that an oil smuggling syndicate is active in the area, targeting vessels carrying ship fuel/oil with the objective of hijacking the vessel during hours of darkness to bring her further away from shore to siphon off the fuel cargo on board.

All tankers transiting the Straits should be extra vigilant with regards to security and report any suspicious sightings to the local authorities. 

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Piracy Incident Report: 488

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:Around 6.3nm SW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Position:01°05’N - 103°34’E
Date of Incident: 10.08.15
Time of Incident (LT):0640
Information Source: :IMB

Six robbers, armed with long knives boarded a Bulk Carrier underway from the stern from their small fast boat. They entered into the engine room and stole ship’s spares. The duty crew sighted the robbers when they were leaving the ship. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. A search was carried out. Engine spares were reported stolen. The MPA Singapore were informed. When the ship entered the Singapore anchorage, the Coast Guard boarded the ship for investigation.

Allmode Comment:

A boarding of a vessel had occurred almost an hour earlier, the same day and could well have been the same criminal group. This area is particularly prone to attacks and all vessels transiting along the east bound corridor will need to have tight security for this leg of the journey. 

Piracy Incident Report: 487

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:Around 5.5nm south west of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Position:01°05’- 103°34’E
Date of Incident: 10.08.15
Time of Incident (LT):0553
Information Source: :IMB

Five robbers, armed with long knives, boarded a tanker whilst underway. They entered the engine room and seized and tied up the chief engineer and stole his personal effects. The chief engineer managed to free himself and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew muster, the robbers made their escape. The VTIS Singapore were informed.

Allmode Comment:

The gang of pirates have demonstrated that they will threaten and detain anyone who hinders their attempts and in some cases, this will turn violent. All crew should avoid coming into contact with pirates and muster in a safe place on the vessel, until the pirates have made their escape. Informing the VTIS Singapore as soon as possible is advised to warn other ships in the area. 

Piracy Incident Report: 486

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia
Position: 03°42’S - 114°28’E
Date of Incident: 09.08.15
Time of Incident (LT):Not known
Information Source: :IMB

A surveyor arrived from a service boat and requested the C/O of an anchored Bulk Carrier to carry out a draft survey. As the C/O was taking the draft readings, a small wooden boat approached the shipside. A robber boarded the service boat, harassed the boat operator and then approached and stabbed the C/O with an ice pick. The C/O defended himself, but received injuries in his elbow. The robber then escaped. The C/O was treated in the nearby floating barge clinic for his injuries.

Allmode Comment:

It is uncommon for robbers to attack and injure crew members, as most will try to avoid any confrontation. However, in the first half of 2015, four crew members have been assaulted by pirates and one crew member has been seriously injured, which shows that cases of assault are occurring in the region. This case was unusual, in that the robber appears to have been alone and has used an ice pick, which is not the usual weapon of choice for this area, long knives being preferred. It would therefore be advisable that all personnel that are on board or have to board vessels are trained in best management procedures regarding safety and preventative measures to ensure their own safety. 

 

Piracy Incident Report: 482

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:Around 4nm SW of Pulau Takong Kecil, Indonesia.
Position: 01°04’ N - 103°40’ E
Date of Incident: 09.05.15 REPORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):0300
Information Source: :IMB

Duty oiler on-board a Bulk Carrier underway, spotted four robbers armed with long knives in the engine room. He immediately retreated and informed the Master, who in turn, raised the alarm and mustered the crew. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. The VTIS Singapore was informed. A search was carried out throughout the ship and found that the padlock to the funnel door was broken and the door was open. At 0706 LT, the Singapore Coast Guard boarded the ship for investigation.

Allmode Comment:

May saw the highest levels of incidents recorded, so far this year, which would mirror the peak in 2014, for the second quarter of the year (58 incidents in total). If this pattern is to be continued, we would expect the next peak to occur between October and December.

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Piracy Incident Report: 473

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:Around 7nm SW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Position: 01°06’N - 103°32’E
Date of Incident:28/06/15
Time of Incident (LT):0400
Information Source: :IMB

Eight robbers, armed with knives, boarded a tanker underway. The alarm was raised, the SSAS activated and all non-essential crew were mustered in the citadel. The robbers escaped with ship’s engine spares.

Allmode Comment:

Small tankers are particularly vulnerable in this region and require round the clock watch- keeping and vessel hardening measures, to restrict access to the vessel and particularly the store rooms, which are the desired places that the pirates target. This is the third boarding of vessels in this one spot this week and shows that a pirate gang is active in this particular location. 

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Piracy Incident Report: 470

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area: Around 2.5 nm NE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Position: 1°11’N - 103°25’E
Date of Incident:26/06/15
Time of Incident (LT):0300
Information Source: :IMB

Robbers had boarded a tanker underway unnoticed. They stolen ship’s properties and made their escaped. The incident was discovered later in the day.

Allmode Comment:

This was the second incident in the early hours on the same day and in the previous incident some hours earlier, the robbers had escaped with nothing, after being detected. It is highly probable that this could have been the same pirate gang, who, having been unsuccessful in the first attempt, had then targeted a second vessel, to gain the ship’s property that they were after originally.

This type of repeated incident has been noticed in Indonesian waters. If a gang is unsuccessful, then It is quite common for them to try again, a couple of hours later. The proximity of the small islands enables this type of repeat attack, as they are able to retreat to the safety of the islands before regrouping and then trying again.

It is therefore imperative that all vessels report all incidents to the relevant authorities and announce the incident over VHF, thereby warning other vessels going through the same area, enabling them to increase their vigilance and watch-keeping if necessary.

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Piracy Incident Report: 466

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area: 4.5nm SW of Nipah Island, Indonesia
Position:01°04’N - 103°34’E
Date of Incident:17/06/15
Time of Incident (LT):0550
Information Source: :IMB

Five robbers, armed with knives, boarded a tanker approaching the Eastern anchorage area. They took one crew member hostage before stealing ship’s properties and making their escape. The alarm was sounded, crew mustered and a search of the accommodation and engine room carried out. The local authorities boarded the vessel after it had anchored.

Allmode Comment:

Pirate gangs operating in this region are usually armed with long knives and use the cover of darkness to carry out their attacks. However, it is unusual for the robbers to confront the crew, as they usually make their escape once detected. The fact that they are now taking crew members hostage before such robberies, demonstrates how determined they are on accomplishing a successful robbery and it is only a matter of time before crew members will suffer from physical attacks by the pirates. Many incidents go unreported and ships are advised to maintain strict anti-piracy watch and measures and report all attacks and suspicious sightings to the local authorities and IMB Piracy Reporting Centre. The IMB PRC will also liaise with the local authorities to render necessary assistance. Please contact Allmode for more information on training and security services info@allmode.org or visit our website www.allmode.org

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Piracy Incident Report: 464

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:Balawan anchorage,Indonesia
Position:As above
Date of Incident:16/06/15
Time of Incident (LT):0250
Information Source: :IMB

The duty crew on board an anchored Bulk Carrier noticed seven robbers armed with knives boarding the vessel from two motorboats. He informed the Duty Officer, who raised the alarm and mustered the crew. Seeing the crew respond, the robbers escaped empty handed. All of the crew are safe.

Allmode Comment:

Having a vigilant crew who practice diligent watch keeping routines are more likely to prevent a robbery from taking place. The gangs that operate in the anchorages tend to avoid any confrontation with the crew, even though they are commonly armed. Early reporting of incidents will aid other vessels in the area, as gangs who are unsuccessful have been known to target other nearby vessels to compensate for the initial failure.  

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Piracy Incident Report: 461

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:around 35nm NE of Pulau Bintan,Indonesia
Position:01°35’N - 105°00’E
Date of Incident:13/06/15
Time of Incident (LT):2000
Information Source: :IMB

 Five pirates armed with guns and knives, boarded a tug and barge unnoticed. They stole crew’s and ship’s properties and damaged the ship’s communication equipment before escaping. Master was able to send a distress message to a nearby vessel. All the crew are safe.

Allmode Comment:

Two hijacks have occurred in close proximity to this incident so far this month and with an increase in the number of incidents taking place throughout the region, the International Marine Transportation (the UK based affiliate of Exxon Mobil) has taken the prudent decision to begin employing the tried-and-tested BMP-4 countermeasures, in liaison with their Maritime Security service provider, for their vessels transiting this area (See Allmode advisory 051 (SE Asia & BMP 4) It is essential that all vessels, particularly the smaller product tankers, employ their own stringent security measures and remain extremely vigilant at all times, as the frequency of hijacks has increased enough to warrant enhanced measures. Please contact Allmode for more information on training and security services info@allmode.org or visit our website www.allmode.org

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Piracy Incident Report: 460

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:Belawan anchorage, Indonesia
Position:04°00’N - 098°54’E
Date of Incident:12.06.2015
Time of Incident (LT):0240
Information Source: :IMB

 A Duty officer on-board an anchored wood chips carrier noticed an unlit boat approaching the ship. He informed the duty crew on deck watch who reported that around 5-7 robbers had boarded the vessel. The robbers threatened the crew with long knives. The alarm was raised and crew mustered. The robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties.

Allmode Comment:

Boarding and robbery from vessels at anchor in the major ports of Indonesia continue to occur. Belawan continues to be a hot spot location of maritime crime and all vessels anchored here are advised to maintain strict anti-piracy watch and measures and report all attacks and suspicious sightings to the local authorities, as many incidents still go unreported. Pirates / robbers are commonly armed with weapons and therefore crew are reminded to not approach or put up any resistance. Raising the alarm and retreating to a safe location is the recommended course of action. For further advice on intelligence, passage planning and crew training contact Allmode at info@allmode.org

Piracy Incident Report: 455

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:Dumai Inner Anchorage, Indonesia.
Position: 01°42’N - 101°29’E
Date of Incident:20.03.15 REPORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):0335
Information Source: :IMB

Eight robbers in a small craft, armed with long knives, approached an anchored Product Tanker. Five robbers managed to board the tanker and entered into the engine room. The duty crew, on routine rounds, noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew respond, the robbers escaped in their boat with their accomplices. The crew were mustered and made a search throughout the tanker and found that ship’s engine spares had been stolen. The Port Control were informed.

Allmode Comment:

This incident has been reported very late and, therefore, is being reported for statistical and analytical purposes.
Timely reporting of incidents is essential to aid other vessels transiting the region and using the anchorages in Indonesia. This is especially pertinent due to the increasing number of attacks in the region, and the tendency of hostile groups to continue attempting attacks/robberies until they are successful. An unsuccessful boarding can serve as a useful warning to the rest of the shipping community that another incident can be expected in the immediate area. 

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Piracy Incident Report: 450

Incident Type:  Boarded
Area:Around 2,5 nm NE of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia.
Position:01°11’N - 103°25’E
Date of Incident: 08.06.15
Time of Incident (LT):0410
Information Source: :IMB

Three robbers boarded a Product Tanker underway. The duty crew noticed the robbers near the steering gear room and raised the alarm, which resulted in the robbers escaping without stealing anything.

Allmode Comment:

Timely detection of intruders is imperative and can prevent robberies of stores and crew’s personal possessions, as the small pirate gangs that board the vessels transiting this region are generally not prepared to confront a well-trained and drilled crew. They will try to use the cover of darkness to board vessels and make a hasty retreat once stores are accessed. Slowing these gangs down and preventing them accessing the stores will deter such pirates. The use of loud warnings and bright lighting to alert the robbers, will help warn others in the vicinity and dissuade further attempts.

 

Piracy Incident Report: 448

Incident Type:  Boarding
Area:Around 5.53 nm South of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Position:01°03’N - 103°39’E
Date of Incident: 02.04.15 REPORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):0536
Information Source: :IMB

Two robbers boarded a Tanker whilst underway. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. Seeing the crew respond, the robbers escaped empty handed.

Allmode Comment:

Due to the late reporting of this incident, it has been re-reported for statistical purposes.

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Piracy Incident Report: 447

Incident Type:  Attemted Boarding
Area: 5.6nm S of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Position:01°02’N - 103°39’E
Date of Incident: 08.05.15 REPORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):0355
Information Source: :IMB

Four robbers in an unlit boat approached a tanker underway from the stern. They were spotted by the alert crew who raised the alarm. Noticing the responding crew, the robbers moved away.

Allmode Comment:

The pirate gangs that use this area are intent on quick and easy robberies and tend not to want to have a confrontation with a well-trained, prepared and vigilant crew. They use the cover of darkness to approach their target and will be intent on stealing engine spares, ship’s stores and any small valuable items they come across.
As this was reported late, it has been issued to help with statistical information

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Piracy Incident Report: 454

Incident Type:  Hijack
Area: off Pulau Bangka, Indonesia.
Date of Incident: 03.06.15 REPORTED LATE
Time of Incident (LT):
Information Source: :Media

KM Mutiara, an Indonesian-flagged timber carrier, was boarded by armed men on speedboats off Pulau Bangka, Indonesia. The vessel's crew members were forced to jump overboard by the armed men, who subsequently took control of the vessel and altered its course to north. It is thought that the pirates have stolen the cargo, along with the crew and ship’s valuables.

Allmode Comment:

This report is yet unconfirmed and may have occurred the day before the hijack of the Malaysian-flagged product tanker Orkim Victory (report 446). The report about the hijacked KM Mutiara came from local fishermen who noticed a vessel without lights east off Palau Bangka and later rescued most of the crew members. Local authorities will continue to investigate the incident before confirming the report received from the fishermen and witnesses' evidence. If confirmed, this will be two hijacks within a week. Attacks against small vessels are on the increase The number of hijackings of small vessels averages at two per month and this is a stark reminder to all vessels transiting the region to employ the most stringent security precautions possible, especially the smaller tankers.

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Piracy Incident Report: 433

Incident Type:  Boarding
Area: Around 5nm South of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia
Date of Incident: 23.05.15
Position: 01°02’N - 103°39’E
Time of Incident (LT):0330
Information Source: : IMB

Four robbers boarded a Container ship whilst underway. The crew spotted them near the aft deck and alerted the other crew members. Seeing the crew respond, the robbers escaped in their speed boat. A search was carried out and it was found that nothing had been stolen.

Allmode Comment:

Slow moving vessels with a low freeboard continue to be at risk of cargo theft when transiting the East bound corridor of the Singapore Straits. A large number of attempts are being made to board vessels whilst they are underway with the majority of attempts taking place during the hours of darkness with the pirates generally disembarking before sunrise. All vessels should ensure that their crew are trained in anti-piracy measures and a stringent watch-keeping procedure should be adhered too as this incident highlights how early detection can prevent and mitigate the risk of attack. This month has seen the largest number of reported incidents within South East Asia so far during 2015

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Piracy Incident Report: 427

Incident Type:  Boarding
Area: Around 4nm SW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia
Date of Incident: 18/05/15
Position: 01°05’N - 103°36’E
Time of Incident (LT):0630
Information Source: : IMB

The Duty oiler on-board a tanker underway, while conducting his routine rounds, noticed four robbers in the steering room. He immediately informed the first engineer, who raised the alarm. The Master notified VTIS Singapore. The bridge look-out saw the four robbers escaping in their boat. Upon investigation, it was found that the robbers had gained access to the engine room via the hatch cover of the CO2 bottle room and later escaped through the steering room with ship’s property and generator spares.

Allmode Comment:

Boarding whilst underway is the most common incident in this particular region off the Batam islands. The robbers carry out quick and efficient robberies and know the layout and possible access points to store rooms. They use the cover of darkness to conduct the robbery and escape as quickly as they can, usually with engine spares, which are in high demand in the region. 

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Piracy Incident Report: 419

Incident Type:  Boarding
Area:Dumai Tanker Anchorage, Indonesia
Date of Incident: 10/05/15
Position: 01°42’N - 101°28’E
Time of Incident (LT):0415
Information Source: : IMB

During a bridge watch changeover on an anchored chemical tanker, the duty crew members noticed two robbers trying to gain access into the engine room by the skylight. The OOW informed everyone by raising the alarm. On hearing the alarm and seeing the crew’s reaction, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped. A search was carried out and other ships in the vicinity were informed.

Allmode Comment:

As many ship’s anchor for long periods of time at this anchorage it is good practice that all vessels keep a lookout not only on their own vessel but also other vessels in the vicinity of the anchorage if you suspect any suspicious activity then broadcast it on VHF as well as informing the authorities..

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Piracy Incident Report: 415

Incident Type:  Boarding
Area:Around 7nm NE of Pulau Karimun Besar, Indonesia
Date of Incident: 30.03.15 For Statistical Purposes
Position: 01°06’N - 103°31’E
Time of Incident (LT):0410
Information Source: : IMB

While transiting the Singapore Straits, the third engineer on-board a tanker noticed an intruder. He immediately informed the Master, who raised the general alarm followed by a PA announcement. All the crew were mustered on the bridge. A search was carried out throughout the ship. No unauthorised persons were found on-board. The Singapore VTIS were informed.

Allmode Comment:

As this incident was reported late, it is only useful from a statistical point of view, but it does highlight the fact that attacks are continuing in the east bound transit corridor, despite the increase of patrol vessels within the region.

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Piracy Incident Report: 414

Incident Type: Attempted Boarding
Area:Berth No. 112/113, Belawan Port, Indonesia
Date of Incident: 03.05.15 REPORTED LATE
Position: 03°47’N - 098°42’E
Time of Incident (LT):1500
Information Source: : IMB

Three pirates armed with knives, boarded a berthed Bulk Carrier. The Duty crew on patrol noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. The crew were mustered, but only after a number of the crew had tried to approach the robbers, at which point they were threatened. The robbers then made their escape with the ship’s property.

Allmode Comment:

Attacks at this anchorage appear to have reduced in response to increased security in and around the port, however it is clear that opportunistic attacks still occur and vessels should ensure that they operate a stringent security system. Crew safety and security awareness training is highly recommended for all vessels transiting this region. All crew are strongly advised against approaching any intruders on a vessel. Perpetrators within this region of the world tend to be well armed and any approach could encourage a violent response which has been seen in previous incidents.

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Piracy Incident Report: 408

Incident Type: Attempted Boarding
Area: Around 5.3nm SSW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia
Date of Incident: 05/05/15 
Position: 01°03’N - 103°37’E
Time of Incident (LT):0445
Information Source: : IMB

A Bulk Carrier was approached by a skiff whilst underway. The skiff approached at speed and came alongside the vessel. Two perpetrators then attempted to climb up the ships rails with the aid of a hook; however they became aware that they had been spotted by crew members and as a result, retreated. Singapore VTIS were informed.

Allmode comment:

Although this attack was unsuccessful, the regular boarding of vessels underway poses a concern for operators who are at an increasing risk of coming under attack by opportunistic criminals when transiting the Malacca and Singapore Straits.
During 2015 so far we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of incidents taking place in and around this particular location of the east bound transit corridor which suggests that pirate action groups (PAG’s) are actively operating out of the Batam Islands and therefore all vessels transiting this route are at increased risk of attack. All vessels should ensure that their crew are trained in anti-piracy measures and a stringent watch-keeping procedure should be adhered too as this incident highlights how early detection can prevent and mitigate the risk of attack.

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Piracy Incident Report: 406

Incident Type: Boarding
Area: Dumai Anchorage, Indonesia
Date of Incident: 01/05/15 LATE
Position: 01°43’N - 101°24’E
Time of Incident (LT):0410
Information Source: : IMB

The Duty motorman, on-board an anchored Product Tanker, noticed a small boat with five people on-board. The crewmember kept visually monitoring the boat, and as suspected the persons attempted to board the vessel from the poop deck. The Duty motorman raised the alarm and the crew were mustered. Seeing the crew respond, the people jumped into the water and escaped. Nothing had been stolen.

Allmode Comment:

The more sheltered waters of this anchorage may prove more attractive to pirates in the region, as the thunderstorms continue. It is advised that all vessels should maintain a 24 hour piracy watch at all anchorages in Indonesia, despite the improvements in Patrolling.

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Piracy Incident Report: 394

Incident Type: Boarding
Area: around 4.6NM SSE of Nipah Islands, Indonesia
Date of Incident: 16.04.2015
Position:01°03’N - 103°40’E
Time of Incident (LT):0250
Information Source: : IMB

Five armed robbers boarded a bulk carrier whilst underway and entered the engine room store unnoticed. The duty oiler who was on routine rounds was threatened with a knife and tied up. The third engineer noticed the robbers and raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping with ship stores. The Singapore Coast Guard later boarded the vessel for investigation.

Allmode Comment:

Since the start of 2015 we have seen a steep rise in the number of reported incidents occurring in and around the Singapore straits when compared to reported incidents which took place in 2014. All vessels transiting these waters need to have stringent security procedures in place and remain extra vigilant. We would advise that anyone wishing to transit this region should consult their Private Maritime Security Company prior to their voyage and ensure that the vessels crew are well rehearsed in lock down drills (citadel drills) and security procedures should a boarding take place. Ship owners and managers are strongly advised to review the current level of security training that crews have received for vessels transiting within this region.

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Piracy Incident Report: 392

Incident Type: Boarding
Area: Around 12nm NNE of Bintan Island, Indonesia
Date of Incident:11/04/15
Time of Incident (LT):0350
Information Source: : IMB

The Duty AB, on-board an anchored Bulk Carrier, noticed robbers on the poop deck. He immediately informed the Duty Officer, who raised the alarm. Seeing the crew respond, the robbers escaped empty handed.

Allmode Comment:

In 2014, this particular anchorage was rife with boardings, making it one of the two hotspots for boardings in the region. However, this year has seen a dramatic decrease in boardings in this particular area, as pirate gangs have shifted westward to the east bound transit corridor. However, vessels cannot afford to become complacent and let down their guard and we would still recommend a high alert level of security for the anchorages off Pulau Bintan. 

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Piracy Incident Report: 388

Incident Type: Hijacking
Area: Around 62nm North of Pulau Uwi, Indonesia
Date of Incident:01/04/2015
Time of Incident (LT):13.03
Information Source: : IMB

Around 15-25 pirates armed with firearms boarded and hijacked a product tanker underway. They took hostage all crew members, damaged all the equipment and stole the crew’s personal belongings. The pirates transferred the ship’s cargo onto another vessel and escaped. All crew are safe and the tanker proceeded to sail to a safe port.

Allmode Comment:

We have seen a steady rise of piracy incidents against product tankers throughout 2014 and the early part of 2015. It is essential that vessels of this type take the correct security procedures to mitigate hijacking and the robbery of their cargo. Owners, managers and masters are advised to consider the current security training and provision that these vessels have aboard. Please contact Allmode for more information on training and security services. 

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Piracy Incident Report: 377

Incident Type: Boarding
Area: Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia
Position: 03°56’N - 098°45’E
Date of Incident: 21/03/2015
Time of Incident (LT): 0230
Information Source: : IMB

Five robbers armed with a gun and knives boarded an anchored Bulk Carrier. They took the duty AB hostage and tied him up. The robbers stole the ship's stores from the paint locker and escaped. The AB managed to untie himself and informed the bridge, who raised the alarm. The crew were mustered and a search was carried out.

Allmode Comment:

Security at this anchorage has been stepped up due to an increase in the amount of robberies that have taken place on vessels whilst at anchor. However, as shown gangs continue to successfully operate in the area. Vessels are advised to take extra precautions when transiting the Malacca Straits, as piracy incidents appear to be increasing in the region as a whole.

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Piracy Incident Report: 370

Incident Type: Hijack
Area: Around 37nm South of Pulau Repon, Indonesia
Position: 01°43’N - 105°50’E
Date of Incident: 09/03/2015
Time of Incident (LT): 21.08
Information Source: : IMB

Seven pirates, in a speed boat, wearing masks and armed with guns and long knives, boarded and hijacked a Product Tanker underway. They took hostage the crew members, damaged all the communication and navigational equipment, transferred the MFO cargo into another vessel and escaped. One crew suffered a minor injury during the incident. The owners informed the MMEA, who dispatched their vessel for investigations.


Allmode Comment:

A similar incident took place in late February in close proximity to this location (see piracy update 357) indicating that it could be the same pirate action group (PAG) in operation and all vessels transiting this region are at risk of a potential attack and should remain highly vigilant. Vessels are reminded that 24/7 security watches are essential to ensure early detection of any suspicious activity and mitigates the risk of pirates boarding. Be sure to report any suspicious activity to the local authorities as soon as possible.

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Piracy Incident Report: 362

Incident Type: Boarding
Area: Around 5nm SW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia
Position: 01°04’N 103°36’E
Date of Incident: 25/02/2015
Time of Incident (LT): 06.15
Information Source: : IMB

Four robbers armed with long knives boarded a bulk carrier underway. 4/E noticed the robbers and informed the bridge who raised the alarm, sent SSAS alert and crew mustered. The robbers escaped upon hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness. A search was carried out throughout the ship and the generator spares were reported stolen. When the ship arrived and dropped anchor at Singapore, the police boarded for investigation.

Allmode Comment:

Robbery on vessels underway within this region has increased dramatically so far during 2015 and this narrow transit point has now become a hot spot location for piracy incidents to occur. All vessels transiting this area should be extra vigilant in their watch keeping, as early detection of suspicious activity will help to mitigate the risk of this type of incident occurring. We would advise that anyone wishing to transit this region should consult their Private Maritime Security Company prior to their voyage and ensure that the vessels crew are well rehearsed in lock down drills (citadel drills) and security procedures should a boarding take place.

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Piracy Incident Report: 360

Incident Type: Boarding
Area:Around 3nm E of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia
Position: 01°08'N-103°28'E
Date of Incident: 25/2/15
Time of Incident (LT): 4.30
Information Source: : IMB

Three robbers boarded a Bulk Carrier whilst underway. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. Seeing the crew react, the robbers made their escaped empty handed.

Allmode Comment:

Boarding vessels underway at night is common in this particular part of the entrance to the Malacca Straits. The pirates are normally focused on stealing engine spares or ship’s stores and will generally leave once spotted. It would be advisable for all vessels transiting this route to ensure that all access points to the vessel are continually monitored especially during the hours of darkness and be suspicious of all small vessels, which may not show up on the radar system. 

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Piracy Incident Report 335

Incident Type: Hijack
Area:North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Position:  Unknown
Date of Incident: 28/01/15
Time of Incident (LT):
Information Source: : ReCaap / Media

An Indonesian-flagged chemical tanker named ‘Rehobot’, carrying around 1,100 tonnes of fuel was hijacked and its crew forced to board a lifeboat off North Sulawesi, Indonesia. ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre quoted an alert from the Information Fusion Centre in Singapore that the vessel was boarded by eight masked pirates with long knives near Lembeh Island, North Sulawesi in Indonesia, at 2330hrs local time on 28 January. 14 of the ship’s crew members were found adrift in the tanker’s lifeboats near to Lembeh Island on 31 January. As of 3rd February the vessel remained missing.

Allmode Comment:

This is the second hijacking incident to take place in Southeast Asian waters in the last week (See Piracy update 334) and marks a continued trend in the sharp rise in number of hijackings which took place within this region during 2014. Organised criminal syndicates are thought to be responsible for these hijackings, often with inside knowledge on vessel movements and cargo. All vessels transiting this region are reminded that 24/7 security watches are essential to ensure early detection of any suspicious activity and mitigates the risk of pirates boarding. Be sure to report any suspicious activity the local authorise as soon as possible 


Piracy Incident Report 329

Incident Type: Boarding
Area:Tanjung Priok Outer Roads, Jakarta, Indonesia
Position:  06°01’02῀S – 106°55’01῀E
Date of Incident: 29/01/15
Time of Incident (LT): 0050LT
Information Source: : IMB

Two crew on routine security rounds aboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed two robbers on the forecastle. They immediately informed the OOW who raised the alarm and remaining crew mustered. On seeing the crew mustering and hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped with their accomplices. The crew then proceeded with a thorough search. Nothing was reported stolen. The incident was reported to Port Control via VHF channel 12.

Allmode Comment:

Although in this incident by having a security aware crew and well-rehearsed procedures prevented the theft of stores, if a guard zone had been applied to the radar and patrolling crew had been more vigilant the boarding may have been prevented. Early warning is essential to mitigate security breaches and therefore robbery and injury to crews.

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Piracy Incident Report 328

Incident Type: Boarding
Area:Tanjung Priok Outer Roads, Jakarta, Indonesia
Position:  06°01’02῀S – 106°55’01῀E
Date of Incident: 29/01/15
Time of Incident (LT): 0050LT
Information Source: : IMB

Five robbers boarded a bulk carrier underway, stole ship’s engine spares and escaped. Alarm raised and search initiated. All crew safe.

Allmode Comment:

The spike in Indonesian water over the last few months has created concern amongst merchant crews; we have seen the number of reported boarding increasing by armed robbers/pirates. In most incidents robbers have stolen ships stores that can easily be taken of vessels in small craft at speed. Crews must secure and lock stores away whilst maintaining viable 24/7 security watches. If confronted by armed robbers / pirates do not resist and remain compliant. Violence has been used against crews within the region and we would advise against fighting back. Lock down the ships accommodation and keep the crew in a safe area until the robbers/pirates disembark.

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Piracy Incident Report 326

Incident Type: Boardng
Area:  2.7nm NW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia
Position:  01°11’N - 103°37’E
Date of Incident: 08/01/15
Time of Incident (LT): 1430 LT
Information Source: : IMB

Robbers in three small boats approached and boarded a barge under tow. They stole some of the cargo and escaped. The tug reported the incident to the Local Authorities.

Allmode Comment:

Slow moving vessels under tow with low freeboard offer an easy target for robbers/pirates. Vessel hardening and maintaining 24/7 security watch systems can mitigate the risk of boarding’s and the theft of stores. All stores should be secured and locked and access points should be secured. Passage planning with good intelligence support can assist with navigating hot spot areas. 

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Piracy Incident Report 324

Incident Type: Boardng
Area:  Around 7nm ENE of Pulau Karimun Besar, Indonesia.
Position: 01°06’N - 103°32’E 
Date of Incident: 22/01/2015
Time of Incident (LT):0350 LT
Information Source: : IMB

The Bosun on board a bulk carrier underway noticed five robbers armed with long knives on the poop deck. He informed the OOW who raised the alarm and the crew mustered to give assistance. A number of crew came on deck to assist the Bosun, and were assaulted by the robbers. The crew retaliated to the attack and the Bosun was injured in the fight as more crew arrived to assist, the robbers made their escape in their boat empty handed.

Allmode Comment:

Robbers / Pirates that have boarded your vessel armed should not be confronted, the injuries sustained by the crew in this boarding have not been reported as life threating, but the outcome could have been very different. It is advised that 24/7 bridge and deck watches are maintained to have a physical security presence therefore mitigating the risk of a boarding and giving early warning to allow crews to implement a lockdown and inform the authorities Crew training is the key to mitigating the risk of injury and limiting the threat of robbery.

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Piracy Incident Report 320

The duty crew member, on routine rounds on-board a Bulk Carrier underway, noticed two robbers on the poop deck. He immediately informed the OOW, who raised the alarm and the crew were mustered. A search was carried out throughout the ship. No robbers were found on-board, but ship’s property had been stolen from the emergency generator room. The incident was reported to Singapore VTIS.

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Allmode Comment:

It would appear that despite the increased patrolling and extra monitoring of this particular region, pirates are still managing to board slow moving vessels whilst underway. Preventing pirates boarding through enhanced vigilance is needed in this piracy hotspot. 

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