29.10.2017: 1742 UTC: Posn: 01:16.17N - 104:13.18E, Around 4nm SSE of Kampung Sungai Buntu Coast, Malaysia.

Five robbers with knives in a skiff boat boarded a tanker underway and entered the engine room, threatened the duty oiler with a knife and tied him up. As the robbers moved away the duty oiler retreated into the control room and notified the OOW. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties. A search was carried out. Incident reported to Singapore port operations. Singapore Coast Guard called the vessel to ensure vessel safe. 

29.10.2017: 0630 UTC: Posn: 10:19.5N – 075:31.7W, Cartagena Inner Anchorage, Columbia.

Duty officers onboard an anchored LPG tanker noticed a small boat near the anchor chain. Alarm raised . Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers were seen escaping with stolen ship’s properties. Port control was informed. Roving craft sent by port control. 

30.09.2017: 0600 – 1515UTC Posn: Manila South Port Anchorage, Philippines.

While approaching an anchored container ship, a port authority service boat noticed a small boat with four persons near the bow. As the service boat approached the bow two robbers were seen jumping overboard and escaping. On searching the vessel ship’s property was reported stolen. Later, while on routine deck rounds duty AB noticed a rope secured to the shipside and notified the OOW who sounded the ships horn and alarm. Three robbers were then noticed jumping overboard and escaping. On searching the vessel, it was again reported that ship’s properties were stolen. Coast Guard notified.

31.10.2017: 1945 UTC: Posn: 01:29.0N - 104:43.5E, Around 17.7NM NE Tanjung Berakit, Bintan Islands, Indonesia.

During routine rounds, duty engineer on board an anchored product tanker noticed footprints in the Engine Room. On carrying out a search, engine spares were reported missing. Review of CCTV recording confirmed tanker to be boarded by five robbers.