A cargo ship has allegedly reported a suspicious approach, 65 nm southwest of Bonny, Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea. This the 4th offshore incident and the third recorded approach in 2021.
The Singaporean-flagged container ship MV Maersk Cardiff has been reportedly approached by a small vessel, while 150nm southwest of Bonny, Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea. When the incident occurred, the crew mustered in the citadel.
An armed robbery took place onboard the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier SBI Orion, while at Muara Berau Anchorage, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, in the early morning hours of 3 January.
In its weekly report for 15-21 December, ReCAAP ISC informed of one armed robbery against ship in Asia. The incident occurred on 15 December, onboard a bulk carrier Vantage Rider, while berthed at Lubuk Guang Port, Dumai, Indonesia.
A total of 10 perpetrators armed with knives boarded the tug boat/supply vessel ‘Bridgewater 80’, while underway west of Kutubdia, Bangladesh, according to information by ReCAAP ISC.
In November 2020, 11 incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia, according to ReCAAP ISC monthly report. With these incidents, the total number of incidents from January to November 2020 was 95 incidents, which represents an increase of 36% compared to the same period of 2019 (70 incidents).
An attempted robbery took place onboard a Singaporean-flagged offshore supply vessel while anchored at Outer Anchorage, Luanda, Angola, in the Gulf of Guinea, on 5 December.
As piracy and smuggling incident seem to rise in some countries, Philippines now opt for WhatsApp to fight piracy, through private closed groups, with fishermen and scientists playing a critical role in reporting.
In its weekly report for 24-30 November, ReCAAP ISC reported five incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. These were reported on ships off Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Malaysia and in Singapore Strait. Of these, one was a CAT 2, two were CAT 3 and two were CAT 4 incidents (least significant).
In its weekly report for 17-23 November, ReCAAP ISC informed of two incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. Both occurred onboard ships while underway in the Singapore Strait.
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