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Latest Piracy and Threats to Shipping Report – April 14, 2008

Weekly Piracy Report and Maritime Security InfomationThe Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and the ICC Commercial Crime Services released their latest Maritime Safety Information on April 9 and April 14, 2008. The following maritime security incidents took place between April 7 and April 14, 2008.

  1. Gulf of Aden, April 7, 2008: One fishing boat approached a vessel underway. The boats showed white flags and asked for food. Ship activated fire hoses. After 30 minutes, the boats left.

  2. Tazania, April 8, 2008: Anti piracy watchman sighted one robber near the boson store, on a container ship at anchor. On sighting the watchman, the robber jumped overboard and escaped in a waiting boat. Alarm raised. Investigations indicated duty watch keepers had abandoned their stations to look into a noise they had heard, allowing the robber to access the ship unnoticed. Ship’s stores were found stolen.

  3. Gulf of Aden, April 8, 2008: Suspicious boats approached and circled a tanker underway three times in 20 minutes. At first, one boat circled the vessel. In the second and third instance, four boats circled the vessel. The master increased speed, took evasive maneuvers and enforced effective measures to prevent suspicious boats from closing in.

  4. Gulf of Aden, April 9, 2008: A general cargo ship, underway, noticed a target on the radar at a range of 6nm. When 4nm off, the boat switched off her lights altered course and headed towards the general cargo ship. As the ship altered course to increase the CPA, the suspicious boat kept altering course to get closer. The ship switched off its navigation and all other lights to take cover in the darkness. At a range of 2nm, the boat aborted. At a distance of 6nm the ship switched on it’s navigational lights and resumed her original course.

  5. Gulf of Aden, April 12, 2008: Two suspicious crafts doing 17 knots approached a container ship underway. Master took evasive maneuvers and increased speed to outrun the crafts. Both crafts had six to seven persons on board. No weapons sighted. There were several other small boats in the vicinity; however, there was no indication that these boats were associated with the two suspect crafts.

  6. Indonesia, April 13, 2008: 12 pirates, in a speedboat, armed with guns, swords and iron bars approached a bulk carrier underway near Pulau Mangkai. Master raised alarm, crew directed fire hoses and SSAS activated. Pirates boarded the ship and stole crew personal belongings, ship’s cash and property. After 50 minutes, they left the ship. No injuries to crew except minor bruises. Ships in vicinity alerted.

  7. Indonesia, April 13, 2008: Pirates armed with long knives in a speedboat boarded a product tanker underway near Pulau Mangkai. They stole crew personal belongings and ship’s property and escaped. No injuries.

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