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Latest Piracy and Threats to Shipping Report – January 21, 2008

January 21, 2008 by Akiva  
Filed under Maritime Piracy Attacks, Maritime Security

The OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE (ONI) and the ICC Commercial Crime Services released their latest Maritime Safety Information on January 16 and January 21, 2008. The following maritime security incidents took place between January 14 and January 21, 2008.

  1. Colombia, January 4, 2008: Vessel transporting tourists was robbed and six passengers kidnapped. The incident took place late in the afternoon shortly after landing near Nuqui. The six hostages belonged to a group of 19 people taking a boat trip on the Atrato river in the west of the country. When they stepped ashore at one point in an area known locally as Morromico, they were surrounded by 10 armed men who said that they were members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The rebels took the tourists’ money, cell phones, as well as fuel from the vessel. The six captives were then led into the jungle (AP, REUTERS, LM: Radio Netherlands Worldwide).

  2. Nigeria, January 4, 2008: Oil service vessel “LIBERTY” attacked by gunmen while underway near Aker base, Bonny River. The vessel was attacked while in route to the (MYSTRAS) platform. Eyewitness accounts said that a passing boat suddenly opened fire. Crew members were reportedly injured (LM: This Day, Vanguard).

  3. Angola, January 14, 2008: Two robbers boarded a general cargo ship from a small boat. They broke open the forecastle paint store and stole ship’s stores. Robbers were spotted by ship’s crew. Alarm raised, robbers jumped overboard and escaped.

  4. Venezuela, January 15, 2008: Five pirates armed with guns boarded a yacht in Bahia De Robledal, Isla De Margarita, Venezuela. They assaulted the crew and demanded from the crew all their property. One crew was shot and injured. Incident reported to local authorities who undertook an investigation.

  5. India, January 16, 2008: Pirates in a small craft came alongside a tug, towing a barge near Kakinada, OPL. They stole ship’s stores. Alert crew raised alarm, crew mustered and took back the stolen stores and pushed the pirates back to their craft. The pirates boarded the barge and left after 20 minutes. Local agent informed.


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