27.10.2011: 0530 LT: Posn: 01:24N-104:34E, Around 10nm NE of Horsburgh Light House. Off Bintan Islands, Indonesia.
Twelve pirates armed with guns boarded the tanker underway. Pirates took control of the ship, tied up the crew and navigated the vessel to an unknown position. On 28.10.2011, the owners were unable to establish contact with the ship and reported to the Malaysian Navy and Coast Guard/MMEA. After nearly 40 hours the Maritime Authorities located and freed the vessel.
20.11.2011: 1345 UTC: Posn:12:27N – 043:47E, Bab El Mandeb Straits, Red Sea.
Two speed boats with eight persons in each boat approached a bulk carrier underway. The vessel fired hand flares when the boats were 600 meters away. The crew heard the pirates fire upon the vessel. The onboard security team returned fire, resulting in the boats moving away.
21.11.2011: 0536 UTC: Posn: 04:03S – 042:55E, Around 190nm east of Mombassa, Kenya. (Off Somalia)
Six pirates in two skiffs chased and fired upon a container ship underway. The Master raised the alarm, took anti-piracy preventive measures and fired flares towards the skiffs, resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack and moving away.
20.11.2011: 2315 LT: Posn: 22:12N – 091:45E, Chittagong Anchorage ‘B’, Bangladesh.
The duty officer onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed robbers on the forecastle deck. He alerted the deck watchkeepers, who rushed to the forecastle. Seeing the alert crew, the robbers escaped with stolen ship stores. The Master made several attempts to contact the port authority but received no response.
25.10.2011: 0300 LT: Posn: 01:30N – 105:18E, Off Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
Armed pirates boarded a tug towing a loaded barge underway from Sarawak to Johor. They took hostage the crewmembers, tied their hands and locked them in a cabin. The pirates hijacked the vessel and sailed into Malaysian waters, where the pirates ordered the barge to be cast off. They then sailed the tug in a southerly direction and, prior to disembarking, damaged the tug’s communication and stole crew cash and personal belongings. The captain sailed the tug to Pasir Gudang port and reported the incident. On 27 October 2011, MMEA personnel managed to locate the barge off Tanjung Punggai, Johor.
17.11.2011: 2010 LT: Posn: 10:13N – 107:04.2E, Mui Vung Tao Anchorage, Vietnam.
Two robbers armed with steel rods boarded an anchored oil tanker. The duty watchmen spotted the robbers and alerted the OOW on the bridge. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. On seeing the crew alertness the robbers jumped overboard and escaped with stolen stores.
16.11.2011: 2100 LT: Posn: 22:12.3N – 091:42.2E, Chittagong Anchorage ‘B’, Bangladesh.
Five robbers boarded a container ship at anchor. The Master raised the alarm and flashed search lights. The robbers escaped with ship’s stores.
16.11.2011: 0330 LT: Posn: 03:56.2N – 098:47.5E, Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
Robbers boarded a chemical tanker at anchor. The robbers stole ship’s stores and escaped unnoticed. The Master reported to the port authority.
15.11.2011: 0418 UTC: Posn: 15:49.1N – 055:04.8E, SE of Salalah, Oman (Off Somalia).
Eight pirates in two skiffs chased a product tanker underway. The Master raised the alarm, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres and all crew except the bridge team mustered in the citadel. The security team onboard fired flares as a warning towards the skiffs. The pirates fired upon the tanker, finally aborted the attempted attack and moved towards a mother vessel.
11.11.2011: 0824 UTC: Posn: 03:56S – 047:14E, Around 450nm east of Mombasa, Kenya (Off Somalia).
Six pirates armed with guns and RPG in a skiff chased and fired upon a container ship underway. The Master raised the alarm and increased speed, and all crew except the bridge team mustered in the citadel. After several attempts, the pirates aborted the attempted boarding, due to the hardening measures taken by the ship. A mother vessel was in the vicinity. There were no injuries to the crew, but there were some damages to the ship and cargo.
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