Sea Shepherd Vessel M/V Farley Mowat was attacked while it was conducting maritime patrols inside the Vaquita Refuge in the Upper Gulf of California, and had recovered three illegal gillnets, when the crew noticed approximately 35 skiffs operating inside the refuge. The Sea Shepherd vessel headed towards the skiffs to observe fishing methods being employed, as all gillnet fishing is strictly prohibited inside the marine protected area.
The crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry, deployed to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, detected a vessel on January 7. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector San Juan diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez (WPC-1114), who arrived on scene, and embarked 35 migrants. The Coast Guard discovered a backpack with 4 kilograms of heroin floating near the vessel.
IMB reported two piracy incidents that took place off Nigeria, on January 7. Both happened in Lagos, where in the first case 4-5 robbers in a small skiff came near an anchored product tanker and tried to board. In the second case, two robbers with plastic hoses boarded an anchored tanker.
The previous weekend up to a dozen of passengers that were to board at an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) cruise were arrested in Port Canaveral for the possession of illicit drugs. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Port Canaveral conducted inspections prior to boarding, using drug-sniffing dogs, luggage searches and other methods to detect illicit substances, resulting in multiple arrests.
A week after the abduction of six crew members from the container ship MSC Mandy off Benin, BIMCO stressed that piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is an unacceptable burden to seafarers and shipping companies and asked, on behalf of its members, that maritime powers increase their presence to curb piracy.
The 12 seafarers, who were kidnapped by pirates from the Panamanian-flagged tanker ‘Anuket Amber’ and the anchor handling tug supply vessel ‘Ark Tze’ in October off Congo, have been released and are all safe, the managers of the vessels confirmed in an official statement.
Deck watchmen onboard an anchored container vessel noticed three robbers at forward area at Cartagena Inner Anchorage, Colombia, on January 3. The crew mustered, while the coastguard concluded that the robbers had fled away. It was reported some ship’s properties were found missing.
The US Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection interdicted a sport fisher boat with 7 kilograms of cocaine onboard, Monday, approximately eight miles east of Dania Beach, Florida.
The US Coast Guard helped the Haitian Coast Guard stop about 70 Haitian migrants, on Sunday January 6, approximately 26 miles north of Cap Haïtien, Haiti. The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant crew saw 40-foot Haitian freighter. The cutter Vigilant crew deployed a smallboat crew to question the people aboard. After detection, the freighter changed course back south to Haiti.
According to ReCAAP ISC, during 25-31 December 2018, one incident of piracy of the Malaysian tug boat,’Magtrans II’ occurred, off Tambisan Island, Sabah, East Malaysia. In addition the report presents information on how the incident took place.
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