14 February 2011
12.02.2011: 1218 UTC: Posn: 20:15.43N – 064:16.09E, around 280nm SE from Ras al Had, Oman, (Off Somalia)
Pirates have hijacked a bulk carrier underway. The owners received a distress alert from the ship and informed the coalition forces. A coalition aircraft was sent to the location, which noticed two suspected pirate skiffs on board the ship. There has been no communication with the ship.
10.02.2011: 1440 UTC: Posn: 13:09.6N – 043:06.5E, Bab el Mandeb, Red Sea
Four skiffs chased a bulk carrier underway. D/O altered course and alerted the armed security team on board who made themselves seen. Warship contacted for assistance. The skiffs came close to 0.3 nm and the duty lookout saw 4-6 pirates in each skiff armed with guns. The pirates observed the ship with binoculars and aborted the attempted attack upon noticing the armed security guards.
10.02.2011: 0045 LT: Posn: 05:31.9N – 003:38Ee, around 50nm off Lagos, Nigeria
Seven to eight armed robbers in a fishing boat approached a drifting chemical tanker from astern. The duty officer noticed the suspicious movement of the boat and informed master. Master raised alarm, activated SSAS alert, increase speed and took evasive manoeuvres. Robbers open fire while attempted to board the tanker using heaving line attached to a hook. The pirates chased the tanker for around one hour before aborting the attack. Local authorities informed. No action taken.
09.02.2011: 0926 UTC: Posn: 21:27N – 063:18E, around 205nm WNW of Ras Al Had, Oman, (Off Somalia)
Armed pirates chased and attacked a tanker underway. The pirates managed to board and hijack the tanker and its 25 crew. Further details awaited.
09.02.2011: 0315 LT: Posn: 01:20.8N – 104:20.5E, 1nm south of Tanjung Penyusop, Malaysia
Five robbers armed with guns and knives boarded a tanker at anchor. The C/E and the duty AB were held by the robbers with guns and knives. The robbers stole personal belongings and escaped in the waiting boat.
08.02.2011: 0918 UTC: Posn: 13:06N – 064:09E, around 560nm east of Socotra island, Yemen (Off Somalia)
Armed pirates in a skiff chased and fired upon a vehicle carrier underway with intent to hijack. Ship increased speed and took evasive manoeuvres and managed to evade the hijack. The skiff was noticed moving towards a mother vessel.
08.02.2011: 0450 UTC: Posn: 12:07N – 065:35E, around 490nm NW of Minicoy Island, India (Off Somalia)
Five pirates in skiff armed with automatic weapons chased and fired upon a tanker underway. The pirates managed to board and hijack the tanker. Further details awaits.
05.02.2011: 0930 UTC: Posn: 10:00.1N – 070:59.4E, around 155nm NW of Minicoy island, India (Off Somalia)
Pirates in skiff armed with automatic weapons chased and fired upon a tanker. The tanker increased speed, made evasive manoeuvres, contacted the authorities for help and fired rocket parachute flares. The pirates fired at the accommodation block and were able to come alongside the vessel. The pirates continued to chase and attempt to board the vessel for nearly 90 minutes after which they aborted the attempt.
16.01.2011: 2330 LT: Posn: Balikpapan inner anchorage, Indonesia
Armed robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They broke open the bosun store and paint locker and stole ship stores. Third office noticed the robbers on deck and raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers jumped overboard and escaped.
02.02.2011: 0830 UTC: Posn: 20:16N – 063:36E, 225nm ESE of Ras al Hadd, Oman, (Off Somalia)
About eight pirates in two skiffs armed with RPG and automatic weapons chased and fired upon a tanker underway. The tanker raised alarm, increased speed, contacted warship for assistance. The two skiffs kept firing with automatic weapons. Warship arrived at location and the skiffs stopped chasing and moved away. A helicopter from a warship arrived at location and circled the tanker. The helicopter contacted the pirates by VHF radio and ordered them to surrender their weapons. Pirates replied that they would kill the Iraqi and Pakistani hostages held onboard the mother ship if the warships attacked the skiffs.
Source: International Maritime Bureau