27.01.2018: 0001 UTC: Posn: 06:18.23N – 003:20.11E, Lagos STS Anchorage, Nigeria.

Duty AB onboard an anchored product tanker noticed some suspicious movement on the forecastle and immediately informed the D/O who noticed a person hiding behind the mooring winches. Alarm raised, PA announcement made, ship’s horn continuously blown, crew mustered and a Nigerian Navy patrol boat notified. The patrol boat arrived and searched the waters around the tanker. Crew searched the tanker. Nothing reported stolen.

27.01.2018: 0550 UTC: Posn: 12:01.67S- 077:12.10W, Callao Anchorage, Peru.

Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They tied up the forward duty crew, stole ship’s sores and crews personal belongings and escaped. A search was carried out. Incident report to port authorities and the local agents.

                27.01.2018: 1255 UTC: Posn: 18:34N – 072:24W, Port Au Prince, Inner Anchorage, Haiti.

Unnoticed robber boarded an anchored product tanker, stole two mooring ropes and a messenger rope and escaped. The theft was noticed during routine rounds. Local Authorities notified

30.01.2018: 0050 UTC: Posn: 10:16.5N – 064:42.3W, Puerto La Cruz Anchorage, Venezuela.

Seven robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored tanker and took hostage the duty AB on routine rounds. They threatened him with a knife, tied him up to the windlass rail and stole his safety shoes and portable UHF radio. Another crew near the accommodation noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. Crew mustered and a search was carried out and the duty AB was released. The paint store was found broken into and ship’s stores stolen. Attempts to contact the Port Control were futile.        

30.01.2018: 2200 UTC: Posn: 21:48N – 091:48E, Kutubdia Anchorage, Bangladesh.

Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They threatened the Duty AB, who managed to escape and raise the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. The incident was reported to Bangladesh Coast Guard who boarded the ship for investigation. Later, the Coast Guard managed to recover the stolen stores and delivered to the ship.

31.01.2018: 1910 UTC: Posn: 10:39N – 107:00.9E, Godau Port, Vietnam.

Two robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They took the bosun hostage, threatened and injured him with a knife and then tied him up. The Bosun managed to free himself and informed the Master who then raised the alarm and crew mustered. A search was carried out and ships stores were reported missing. Incident reported to Port Authorities who boarded the vessel for investigation. The bosun was sent ashore for medical treatment.