Latest Piracy and Threats to Shipping Report – April 7, 2008
The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the ICC Commercial Crime Services released their latest Maritime Safety Information on April 2 and April 7, 2008. The following maritime security incidents took place between March 31 and April 7, 2008.
Gulf of Aden, April 1, 2008: Three speedboats chased and attacked the tanker underway with automatic weapons and rocket launchers. Master took evasive maneuvers and increased speed. Later, boats moved away. Ship’s funnel and lifeboat were damaged by gunfire / RPG. An hour later, five speedboats chased the ship again from various directions. Ship took evasive maneuvers and prevented the boats from closing in. Later the boats moved away. The IMB Piracy Reporting Center communicated with the coalition Navy, the owners and Master of ship to provide assistance as required. One coalition warship was in the vicinity monitoring the five speedboats.
Bangladesh, April 2, 2008: Robbers boarded a container ship at anchor. They broke aft store padlock and stole ship’s stores. Port authority and ships in vicinity informed by VHF.
Democratic Republic of Congo, April 2, 2008: Two robbers boarded a refrigerated cargo ship at anchor at the Boma anchorage. They broke the seal to the cargo compartment and commenced stealing the cargo. Duty watchman noticed some cargo on deck and raised the alarm. On seeing the watchman the robbers threatened him however upon seeing crew alertness, the robbers jumped overboard and escaped.
Gulf of Aden, April 4, 2008: Ten pirates armed with AK47 guns and RPG in two speedboats attacked the sailing cruise vessel, Le Ponant, underway. They took hostage 30 crew members and hijacked the vessel to Somali coast. SSAS activated. Yemen maritime authorities and coalition forces informed.