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Latest Piracy and Threats to Shipping Report – March 24, 2008

Weekly Piracy and Maritime Security ReportThe Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the ICC Commercial Crime Services released their latest Maritime Safety Information on March 19 and March 24, 2008. The following maritime security incidents took place between March 18 and March 24, 2008.


  1. Philippines, March 17, 2008: A passenger boat with ten passenger including five crewmembers was returning to Polilio Island after discharging her cargo on the mainland. Two passengers who had earlier boarded after asking for a ride to Polilio Island took control of the boat and shot dead three crewmembers including the captain. The pirates then tied them to the anchor and threw them overboard. The pirates shot the remaining two-crew members and injured them. One of the injured jumped into the sea and is still missing. The other injured crew is recuperating in the hospital. Three other passengers including a child were unharmed. The coast guard has mounted a search for the missing and dead crewmembers and the pirates who fled in a motor boat.

  2. Gulf of Aden, March 18, 2008: Two speedboats, length 5 meters, with five persons in each boat, dressed in camouflage cloths and armed with automatic weapons approached a VLCC in ballast. Master raised alarm, crew alerted, evasive manoeuvres taken and speed increased. The boats fired shots in the air. Later, the boats aborted the attempted boarding. All vessels in the vicinity warned.

  3. Arabian sea, March 19, 2008: A tanker, underway detected a suspicious boat about 6nm ahead. As the tanker altered to keep clear of the boat, the boat kept altering to remain in front of the vessel. Alarm raised, crew mustered and anti-piracy measures initiated. Master increased speed and crew activated fire hoses. At a distance of 3 cables, the boat finally stopped and the tanker and moved away. The crew noticed 6 persons onboard the boat.

  4. Tanzania, March 19, 2008: A robber from a fishing boat boarded an anchored container ship. The robber jumped overboard as soon as the anti-piracy crew spotted him. Alarm raised, crew mustered and searched the ship. Nothing stolen. The watch keepers noticed seven more people in the boat.

  5. Ghana, March 23, 2008: Three robbers boarded a chemical tanker at anchor. Duty crew noticed the robbers. Bridge informed. D/O raised alarm, sounded ship’s whistle and crew mustered. Robbers jumped into the water and escaped. Nothing stolen. Port control informed. A security boat came and conducted a full search of the area.

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