Namely, a product tanker was anchored at Puerto La Cruz Anchorage, Venezuela, when two robbers boarded it.

The pirates tried to open the forward store, but the duty watch keeper spotted them and raised the alarm.

After hearing the alerted crew, the robbers escaped without steeling anything.

The incident was reported to local authorities.


In its more recent piracy report, IMB noted 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017.

However, no vessels were reported as hijacked in the third quarter of 2018, marking the first time since 1994 when no vessel hijackings have been reported in two consecutive quarters.

Nevertheless, incidents of this crime remain, with the number of crew members held hostage increasing, compared with the same period in 2017—from 80 incidents to 112 by the third quarter of 2018.