GULF OF GUINEA
KIDNAPPING – BENIN: On 24 June at 1530LT, armed pirates boarded and kidnapped six crew (5 South Korean and 1 Ghanaian) from the Ghana-flagged purse seiner PANO Fl FRONTIER at position 05:21 N – 002:37E, 61 NM south of Cotonou. The pirates fled in an easterly direction toward Nigerian waters. (www.fleetmon.com, Dryad Global)
HORN OF AFRICA
BOARDING – THAILAND (LA TE REPORTING): On 16 June at approximately 1115LT, robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier during cargo operations near position 13:11 N – 100:50E, Ko Sic hang Anchorage. They broke into the aft store room, stole ship’s equipment, and escaped unnoticed. The crew noticed the break-in during routine operations. Incident was reported to agent.
BOARDING – PHILIPPINES (LATE REPORTING): On 13 June at 0325LT, robbers were able to board a container ship and escape unnoticed at Manila Anchorage near position 14:35N – 120:511 E. As the vessel was heaving the anchor, a duty crew member spotted a set of bolt cutters near the bosun store and that a padlock has been broken. A search confirmed that nothing had been stolen. The incident was reported to Manila vessel traffic management system. (Clearwater Dynamics, IFC)
BOARDING – PHILIPPINES (LATE REPORTING): On 13 June between 0400-0500LT, robbers boarded an anchored container ship near position 14:33N – 120:53E, Manila Anchorage. A duty crewman on routine rounds noticed the bosun store and paint room door padlocks broken and doors open. He immediately informed the duty officer who raised the alarm and mustered the crew. A search of the ship was carried out. It was reported that ship’s stores and properties were stolen. Incident reported to the port authority. (1MB, Clearwater Dynamics)
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – SINGAPORE STRAIT (LATE REPORTING): On 5 June at 1245LT, a Mongolia-flagged tanker KM TENGGIRI was suspected to be illegally collecting oil from other vessels in the Traffic Separation Scheme between Singapore and Indonesia. An Indonesia Navy fast attack craft KRI KUJANG investigated and fired upon TENGGIRI when it avoided an inspection and maneuvered aggressively. Tanker escaped into Singapore waters. (IFC MARSEC Weekly)