Posted on August 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Weekly Maritime Piracy Report -  24th to the 30th of August

Maritime Piracy Security Report - August 30th 2019


1st Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 20th of August

Location: Batam Anchorage, Indonesia

Position: 1.1301° N, 104.0529° E


The Singapore-flagged towing vessel, SALVICEROY was boarded in the evening of August the 20th while at Indonesia's Batam Anchorage. At approximately 20:40 pm, five individuals equipped with knives boarded the vessel. The crew noticed the boarding party and proceeded to raise the alarm.

The crew then mustered at a safe location while they called the local authorities, who arrived rapidly and proceeded to board the tug in order to conduct a full investigation.

Upon examination, it was discovered that deck & engine room spares were missing.

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 



2nd Incident


Category: Boarding/Aggravated Robbery

Date: 22nd of August

Location: Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia

Position: 03 54 40N, 098 47 25E
The Marshall Islands-flagged Cargo Ship, Tomini Dynasty, was attacked during the evening hours of August the 22nd. The attack took place at approximately 06:30 PM, while the vessel was anchored at Indonesia's Belawan Anchorage.
The duty crewman noticed a small boat near the ship's anchor chain. He proceeded to instruct the vessel occupant to leave, as the ship was about to raise the anchor. 

He was about to raise the alarm when two armed individuals, who had already boarded the vessel, threatened him at knifepoint and tied him up. However, the remaining crew members gathered around the forecastle as part of their duties. Noticing them, the attackers proceeded to steal the crewman's portable radio and escaped through the hawse pipe after opening the security cover.
The incident was then reported to the local Port Authority. The Marine Police proceeded to board the vessel and carry out a full investigation.
Vessel & crew are considered safe. 

3rd Incident


Category: Boarding/Robbery

Date: 25th of August

Location: Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia

Position: 01:35N - 104:32E
The Marshall Islands-flagged Tanker, Eagle was attacked during the evening hours of August the 25th. The incident occurred at approximately 20:45 UTC while the vessel was anchored, some 17 nautical miles northeast of Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia. 
The Duty crew noticed a number of armed individuals on the forecastle and proceeded to notify the Duty Officer. The alarm was raised and the forward whistle was sounded. The ship Master called for the crew members to retreat into the accommodation area. Upon hearing the alarm, the boarding party escaped, having stolen one of the vessel's life rafts and other ship properties.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.

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