An unlit boat approached a bulk carrier underway and came alongside the STBD quarter. Crew on deck watch noticed the boat and informed the duty officer. Deck lights and search lights switched on and directed towards the boat. Duty officer noticed around eight robbers in the boat. A ladder was seen hooked onto the ships rail. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers unhooked the ladder and moved away. VTIS informed. Once the vessel arrived at the anchorage, the Singapore Coast Guard boarded the vessel for investigation.
21.11.2017: 2120 UTC: Posn: 05:13N – 004:05W, Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast.
While at anchor, duty officer onboard a bulk carrier observed a boat approaching from astern towards the vessel. Alarm raised and all crew mustered on bridge. The boat came alongside and moved slowly towards mid ship and finally stayed alongside near the bow. Around 13 to 15 persons were sighted on the boat. Port control was notified. Due to a passing squall and heavy rain, the boat moved away from the bow but maintained her position around 20-30 metres from the vessel. After around 30 minutes, the boat moved away from the vessel.
21.11.2017: 1940 UTC: Posn: 14:08.7N - 048:57.3E, Around 24nm SW of Mukalla, Yemen.
Armed persons in a speed boat chased and fired upon a product tanker underway. Alarm raised, speed increased, evasive manoeuvres commenced and all non-essential crew mustered in the engine room. Due to the hardening measures and the presence of the AST the boarding was averted. All crew safe.
21.11.2017: 0050 UTC: Posn: 06:19.45N - 003:11.68E, Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria.
Ten robbers in two boats attempted to board a product tanker. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the alert crew, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding. Incident report to local agent.
22.11.2017: 0231 UTC: Posn: 03:17.5N - 006:52.5E, Around 66NM SSW of Bonny, Nigeria.A speed boat approached and chased a container ship underway. Alarm raised, evasive manoeuvres commenced, SSAS activated, local authorities notified and crew mustered in the citadel. A Nigerian navy vessel was dispatched to assist the container ship, however after around 20 minutes, the speed boat aborted the chase and moved away. Vessel and crew safe