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Latest Piracy and Threats to Shipping Report – February 18, 2008

February 19, 2008 by Akiva  
Filed under Maritime Piracy Attacks, Maritime Security

Weekly Piracy and Maritime Security ReportThe Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the ICC Commercial Crime Services released their latest Maritime Safety Information on February 13 and February 18, 2008. The following maritime security incidents took place between February 11 and February 18, 2008.



  1. Gulf of Aden, February 11, 2008: Two suspicious vessels one with blue hull and the other with red hull and both with white superstructure increased speed and altered course towards a bulk carrier. Master increased speed and altered course to increase CAP. Later both suspicious vessels stopped following.

  2. Nigeria, February 11, 2008: Naval vessel at the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) plant, Bonny Island, was attacked by unidentified assailants. The Nigerian Navy has confirmed that a Naval vessel escorting a petroleum-industry watercraft was shot at by unknown gunmen. It is believed that the attackers opened fire on the bridge and then boarded the vessel. One sailor was reportedly killed and another died later at a hospital. After heavy retaliation from the Navy, the gunmen retreated.

  3. Nigeria, February 11, 2008: Security vessel (PATIENCE) boarded, robbed at Buoy 35, Bonny Channel. The vessel, belonging to the Elf Petroleum Nigeria Limited, was boarded by unknown gunmen and reportedly threw a crew member overboard. The crew member was later rescued by another vessel. The gunmen injured other crew members and stole military firearms. There are conflicting reports that the attack between this incident and the Naval vessel at the NLNG plant were the same or happened simultaneously.

  4. Tanzania, February 14, 2008: Container ship boarded and robbed while drifting in position 06:43.5S-43.8E, approximately 20NM off the coast awaiting berth. The vessel was boarded by approximately three unarmed robbers from a small wooden boat with an outboard engine. The general alarms and whistle were sounded and the crew mustered at 0345 local time. The vessel increased speed and moved further away from the coast. The robbers fled immediately. No injuries were reported. After further investigation, two containers were found opened. Two ropes were found overboard, one from the forward life raft that was used to flee and another one towards the aft of the ship. Authorities were informed.

  5. Malaysia, February 17, 2008: Duty crew on board a general cargo ship, laying in Berth no.2, Sandakan Port, reported that a boat approached from the port bow. One robber was noticed on the forecastle deck passing ship stores to the other robbers in the boat. On seeing the alert crew, the robber jumped overboard and escaped with the ship stores. The forward booby hatch lock was found broken. The IMB PRC was notified who then liaised with local police for further action. Police arrived and conducted an investigation.

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