Maritime Threat Picture

in collaboration with NORTH

Thieves target diesel oil view more

Thief armed with a knife boards tanker at berth view more

Tankers carrying cargoes of Venezuelan crude unable to discharge view more

Cape Verde islands police in major drug haul view more

Thieves target bulk carrier in Jingtang Anchorage view more

Armed men board tanker at Sonara refinery and 'seize' vessel view more

Bulkers face delays at Chinese ports view more

Nigeria, off Port Brass. Three ships come under pirate attack in 24-hours. Shots fired from skiffs. view more

Thieves use ladder to board tanker view more

INDONESIA - Risk: Vessels at anchor targeted by thieves view more

NIGERIA - Risk: Vessels visiting ports and anchorages in and around Lagos targeted by thieves. view more

VENEZUELA - Risk: Robbery on the rise in Venezuela's ports view more

ROMANIA - Risk: Authorities impose strict policies for exchanging and deballasting in Romania view more

SOMALIA - Risk: Ships should register with the EU’s Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa view more

VENEZUELA - Risk: Economic and social turmoil contribute to deteriorating port security. view more

Chrome cargoes causing confusion in Mozambique view more

Libya – Risk: Tankers and their crews being detained on suspicion of oil smuggling view more

NIGERIA/GULF OF GUINEA: Risk - Piracy threat in Gulf of Guinea view more

PERU - Risk: of robberies from ships in Callao view more

COTE D'IVOIRE - Risk: Difficult navigation and port conditions in Abidjan view more

Threat: Hijacking and boarding for theft in South China Sea view more

MALACCA STRAIT - Risk: robbery. Maintain strict anti-piracy and robbery watches. view more

SINGAPORE STRAIT - Risk: Armed robbery whilst transiting the Singapore Strait view more

Risk: Syrian sanctions view more

IRAN - Risk: Iranian Sanctions view more

LIBYA - Risk: fines issued for delays in discharging at Misurata, Libya view more

Risk: Drug trafficking at Puerto Cabello, Lake Maracaibo and Orinoco River ports view more

ALGERIA - Risk: Customs fines in Algeria view more

VIETNAM - Risk: Bulk cargo shortage claims in Vietnam view more

Ice-conditions at Ukrainian ports view more

SENEGAL - Risk: Hull staining at Dakar, Senegal view more

SUDAN - Risk: Damage and shortage claims for bagged cargo in Port Sudan view more

UAE - Risk Possible delays caused by disembarking crew due to injury or sickness at Fujairah, UAE view more

CAMEROON - Risk: Fines imposed for sewage treatment plant effluent non-compliance view more

CHINA - Risk: Theft from ships in Tianjin anchorage view more

GUINEA - Risk: armed robbery at Conakry Anchorage view more

PHILIPPINES - Theft from vessels in Manila and Batangas view more

VENEZUELA - Risk: Delays due to hull cleaning in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela view more

SENEGAL - Risk: Fines for inaccurate bunker customs declarations in the port of Dakar, Senegal view more

INDIA - Risk: Fines and delays for seafarers failing to submit a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate in Mumbai, India view more

EGYPT- Risk: Fines for fender damage claims in Egyptian ports view more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Risk: Fines for unauthorised transit through marine reserve areas view more

ARGENTINA - Risk: Grounding in the Parana River, Argentina view more

PERU - Risk: Unexpected charges for sludge removal services at ports in Peru view more

SAUDI ARABIA & UAE Risk: Infection from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - Corona Virus (MERS-CoV) view more

MEXICO - Risk: Shipper's surveyor forcing Masters to accept pre-prepared non-clausable mate's receipts at Veracruz, Mexico view more

URUGUAY - Risk: Fines and delays for non-compliance with Uruguayan Oil Spill Response Organisation (OSRO) contract requirements view more

AUSTRALIA - Risk: Navigation through the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, Australia view more

ARGENTINA - Risk: Customs fines for short landing fertilizer cargoes in Argentina view more

ANGOLA - Risk: Fines, ship arrest and delays for carrying out non-approved bunkering operations in Angolan waters view more

LIBYA - Risk: Ship arrest for loading banned illicit crude oil from Libya view more

HONG KONG - Risk: Fines for non-compliance with Hong Kong - Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulations view more

USA - Risk: Fines for non-compliance with MARPOL Annex VI within the US Emission Control Area view more

VENEZUELA - Risk: Self heating petroleum coke at Amuay Terminal, Venezuela view more

CAMEROON - Risk: Vessels grounding in the approaches to Douala port, Cameroon view more

CHINA - Risk: Fines following illegal discharges into the Bohai Sea and China's inland waterways view more

AUSTRALIA - Risk: Detentions and delays arising from Port State Control (PSC) inspections and non-compliance with MLC 2006 regulations view more

SOUTH AFRICA - Risk: Costs and consequences for repatriating stowaways at the port of Cape Town view more

UKRAINE - Risk: Ballast water sampling requirements, Ukraine view more

CHINA - Risk: The collection of tax from non-resident taxpayers engaged in international transportation business with China view more

SAUDI ARABIA - Risk: Potential shortage claims when loading bulk sulphur at Jubail, Saudi Arabia view more

COTE D'IVOIRE - Risk: Ship arrest as a result of paper shortage claims in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire view more

PAKISTAN - Risk: Ship arrest and customs fines as a result of fabricated coal cargo shortage claims in Karachi, Pakistan view more

BULGARIA - Risk: P&I claims arising from grain cargo contamination loaded at Varna, Bulgaria view more

ROMANIA - Risk: P&I claims arising from grain cargo contamination loaded at Constantza, Romania view more

CHINA - Risk: Navigation danger due to expansion of aquaculture at Lanshan, China view more

CANADA - Risk: Ice navigation in Canadian waters during the winter months view more

CHINA - Risk: Fines, Port State Control detentions and delays for breaching regulations for passing through the Qiongzhou Straits, China view more

COTE D'IVOIRE - Risk: Fines imposed by customs officials due to inaccuracies in customs documentation at Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire view more

VENEZUELA - Risk: Misdeclared metallic iron content of Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) cargoes at San Felix, Venezuela view more

MALAYSIA - Risk: Bauxite with a high moisture content loaded at Kuantan, Malaysia, may be prone to liquefaction view more

GABON - Risk: Fines imposed by customs officials due to inaccuracies in port clearance documentation at Port Gentil, Gabon view more

CHINA - Risk: Fertilizer loaded in Chinese ports susceptible to caking and contamination view more

COTE D'IVOIRE - Risk: Delays resulting from port officials' refusal to land stowaways at Abidjan and San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire view more

CHINA - Risk: Danger to navigation due to sea ice in the Baohai Sea, China view more

KUWAIT - Risk: Claims arising from grain cargo shortages in Shuwaikh port, Kuwait view more

CHINA - Risk: Cargo claims and potential liquefaction of fluorspar cargoes in China view more

PAKISTAN - Risk: Bulk liquid cargo shortage claims in Karachi, Pakistan view more

BRAZIL - Risk: Bauxite with a high moisture content loaded at Trombetas, Brazil may be prone to liquefaction view more

SAUDI ARABIA - Risk: Grain cargo shortage claims at Saudi Arabian ports view more

ANGOLA - Risk: Damages and shortage claims for bagged rice cargoes to Luanda view more

INDONESIA - Risk: Potential mis-declaration of Indonesian nickel ore cargoes in Indonesia view more

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Risk: US Environmental Protection Agency fines for noncompliance with MARPOL Annex VI low sulphur content fuels. view more

UKRAINE - Risk: Black-listing and possible ship arrest resulting from previously visiting Crimean ports view more

THAILAND - Risk: Fines and delays as a result of loading/discharging dangerous goods without permission from Thailand's Marine Safety and Environment Bureau/Harbour Department view more

TURKEY - Risk: Fines for short landing of cargo at Turkish ports view more

HONG KONG - Risk: Fines for emitting dark smoke in the port of Hong Kong view more

INDONESIA - Risk: Fraudulent Port State Control (PSC) inspection charges in Indonesia view more

SIERRA LEONE - Risk: Issues loading iron ore during the rainy season in Sierra Leone view more

GHANA - Risk: Bauxite with a high moisture content loaded at Takoradi may be prone to liquefaction view more

SIERRA LEONE - Risk: Problems associated with the loading of bauxite on the Sherbro River, Sierra Leone view more

SOUTH AFRICA - Risk: Costs and consequences for repatriating stowaways at the port of Durban view more

NORTH AMERICA - Risk: Delays due to the discovery of Asian Gypsy Moth in Canada and the USA view more

SUDAN - Risk: Regular shortage claims following the discharge of bulk wheat at Port Sudan view more

ALGERIA -Risk: Customs fines due to shortage claims for grain cargoes shipped to Algeria view more

INDIA - Risk: Cargo claims and potential liquefaction of iron ore cargoes in Goa, India view more

MEXICO - Risk: Delays, ship arrest and problems loading iron ore cargo in Mexican ports view more

MEXICO - Risk: Drug cartel activity and acts of violence in and around Mexican port cities view more

South America - Risk: Drug Trafficking throughout South America view more

SOUTH AFRICA - Risk: Ships anchoring in South African coastal waters are obliged to first obtain permission from the South African Maritime Safety Authority view more

YEMEN - Risk: Sanctions and the US Department of the Treasury Specially Designated Nationals List for Yemen view more

SENEGAL - Risk: Senegalese authorities forbid the landing of stowaways at the port of Dakar view more

CAMEROON - Risk: Fines and delays as a result of exaggerated cargo claims at the port of Douala view more

BENIN - Risk: Exaggerated shortage claims resulting in customs fines view more

YEMEN - Risk: Fines, delays and detention as a result of differences in oil record books and shipboard retention of oils, Yemen view more

YEMEN - Risk: Fabricated stevedore personal Injury claims in Yemeni ports view more

YEMEN - Risk: Fines, ship arrest and possible delays as a result of late reporting of Fixed and Floating Object (FFO) claims in Yemen view more

YEMEN - Risk: Ship security as a result of the civil war in Yemen view more

GHANA - Risk: Stowaways boarding or being discovered at Tema Port or Takoradi ports, Ghana view more

SIERRA LEONE - Risk: associated with discharging bulk rice at ports in Sierra Leone view more

JORDAN - Risk: Bulk cargo shortage claims in the port of Aqaba view more

LIBYA - Risk: status of, and security at, Libyan Ports view more

YEMEN - Risk: Ship arrest as a result of exaggerated cargo shortage claims in Yemen view more

AUSTRALIA - Risk: Possible ship detention by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as a consequence of using non-approved navigation charts in Australian waters view more

COLOMBIA - Risk: Possible delays caused by the Colombian Navy carrying out routine anti-drug trafficking searches in Colombia's ports (Puerto Bolivar, Puerto Neuvo and Puerto Drummond) view more

LIBYA - Risk: Sanctions and US Treasury Specially Designated Nationals List, Libya view more

YEMEN - Risk: Unexpected expenses and fines arising from the shifting of vessels, arrival draught restrictions and exceeding time allotted for discharge in Hodeida view more

TURKEY - Risk: Issues associated with loading steel products in Turkish ports view more

SOUTH AFRICA - Risk: Delays caused by ship detentions due to the discovery of armaments on board merchant vessels in South Africa view more

TUNISIA - Risk: P&I claims and customs fines arising from short landing of cargo in Tunisian ports. view more

SENEGAL - Risk: Senegalese authorities robustly impose customs fines on vessels calling at Dakar view more

SENEGAL - Risk: Restricted availability of bunkers at Dakar roads, Senegal view more

THAILAND - Risk: Problems associated with loading bulk and bagged sugar in Thailand view more

THAILAND - Risk: Old, damaged bagged rice from Thailand view more

THAILAND - Risk: Potential damage to bagged rice due to dunnaging in Thailand view more

NIGERIA – Risk: Nigerian navy arrest vessels employing the services of armed security guards view more

SUDAN - Risk: Fraudulent steel transactions to Port Sudan view more

TAIWAN - Risk: Damage to nets and equipment, safe transit of the coastal fishing zones of Taiwan view more

GUATEMALA - Risk: Nickel ore can liquefy due to excessive moisture content view more

ARGENTINA - Risk: Customs fines in Argentina relating to the misdeclaration of ship's stores view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Eritrea, but only South of 15º N view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Venezuela. view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Yemen view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Syria view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Saudi Arabia, excluding transit view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Lebanon view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Israel view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Iraq, including all Iraqi offshore terminals view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Iran view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Pakistan view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Togo view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Somalia view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Indian Ocean / Arabian Sea / Gulf of Aden / Gulf of Oman / Southern Red Sea view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Benin view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Nigeria view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Libya view more

Joint War Committee Listed Area: Gulf of Guinea, but only the waters of the Togolese, Beninese and Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zones north of Latitude 3° N view more

USA - Risk: merchant vessels subject to fines and severe delays due to illegal contraband carriage, particularly from the port of Miami and Port Everglades view more

CARIBBEAN - Risk: commercial vessels being used to traffic and smuggle contraband in the Caribbean Basin, particularly to and from the Port of Spain, Trinidad, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Jamaica view more

ECUADOR - Risk: Drug trafficking, theft and piracy at the Ecuadorian port of Guayaquil and Puerto Bolivar view more

SPAIN - Risk: vessels being used to traffic and/or smuggle contraband from North and West Africa though Algeciras (Spain) into European black markets view more

THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM - Risk: vessels being used to traffic and/or smuggle contraband through the major shipping hubs of Antwerp and Rotterdam view more

LIBYA & SYRIA - Risk: Implications of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean view more

INDONESIA AND PHILIPPINES - Risk: nickel ore liquefaction due to excessive moisture content during voyages from the Philippines and Indonesia view more

INDONESIA - Threat: of theft from ships at anchor view more

BANGLADESH - Risk of theft from ships anchoring in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar view more

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12/02/2019 LC Posn 38.52 - 118.42

Background

A bulk carrier at anchor off the port of Caofeidian in northern China has been boarded and diesel oil stolen.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre said the incident happened during darkness in the early hours of February 10.

A duty officer on the bulker’s bridge noticed a hose running from one of the ship’s diesel tanks to a small, unlit barge lying alongside.

An alarm was raised and a crew member dispatched to investigate.

At that point an intruder was seen to lower the hose and to escape in the barge.

Soundings of the diesel tank showed fuel was missing.

Assessment and Analysis

There have been at least three reports of bulk carriers being boarded at the Caofeidian anchorage and the neighbouring Jingtang anchorage in a little over a month.

At the end of January two robbers boarded an ore carrier from an unlit barge. They were carrying hoses but fled after an alarm was raised.

Earlier in January two robbers armed with an iron bar were spotted on a bulk carrier. They too fled when an alarm was sounded.

Vessels using the Jingtang and Caofeidian anchorages should carefully monitor the approach of small craft and maintain strict watches, especially at night.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

11/02/2019 LC Posn 6.23 - -10.73

Background

A product tanker at berth in the Liberian port of Monrovia was boarded by a thief armed with a knife.

The intruder was spotted by crew during a routine patrol. An alarm was raised and the thief escaped.

A search of the vessel found ship’s stores were missing.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre said the incident took place before dawn on February 9.

 

Assessment and Analysis

There are few reports of vessels being boarded by thieves in the port of Monrovia.

Ships’ crews however, should be watchful, especially at night.

All cases of theft or illegal boarding should be reported to the authorities.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

06/02/2019 Posn 11.77 - -66.96

Background

US sanctions against Venezuela have led to a build-up of tanker traffic in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.

Refiners who ordered oil from Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA are unclear about where to deposit payment.

Until the issue has been resolved tankers laden with Venezuelan crude are being held offshore awaiting instructions. There are also tankers with Venezuelan crude idling in the Caribbean and in European waters.

The United States introduced new sanctions against Venezuela at the end of January.

Among other things, they block companies from using the US financial system to make payments to PDVSA.

They also prohibit sales to PDVSA of naphtha from US refineries – which is used to make Venezuela’s heavy crude ready for export.

This in turn has added to the tanker build-up in the Gulf as some vessels were already at sea heading towards Venezuelan ports when the sanctions were announced.

Assessment and Analysis

The speed with which the late January sanctions were introduced took tanker operators by surprise.

Ship-tracking services in early February showed at least 12 tankers anchored in the Gulf of Mexico or outside Venezuelan waters.

Most were thought to be carrying Venezuelan crude originally destined for US buyers.

In the meantime, other tankers that had waited for weeks to lift oil for US customers were reported to have left Venezuelan oil terminals without loading.

Disruption to parts of the tanker market is likely to continue while the impact of the sanctions is played out.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

05/02/2019 Posn 14.91 - -23.50

Background

The crew of a general cargo ship have been arrested in the Cape Verde islands after police seized nearly ten tonnes of cocaine from their Panama-registered vessel.

The 3,800 dead-weight tonne (dwt) ESER had made an unscheduled call at the port city of Praia following the death of a crew member.

The authorities, acting on intelligence from a European Union (EU) narcotics agency, raided the ship shortly after it docked on February 1.

All eleven detained crew members are Russian nationals. Russian reports say their vessel had been heading from Panama to Tangier.

The drug haul was the largest ever seen on the Cape Verde islands and came just days after Italian police in Genoa seized two tonnes of cocaine concealed in a container loaded in Honduras and destined for Barcelona, Spain.

 

Assessment and Analysis

Cocaine smuggling in ships and shipping containers remains a major security challenge for operators.

The discovery of illegal narcotics can lead to delays, arrests and fines.

It is not clear how the drugs seized from the ESER were concealed.

There is significant cocaine trafficking from South America to Europe. Criminal gangs are quick to shift routes to exploit ineffective port security and weak law enforcement.

In many cases drugs are smuggled without the knowledge of a ship’s crew or the vessel’s operators.

Ship operators should increase vessel security at high risk ports and should ensure crews understand the risks and penalties of drug smuggling.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

04/02/2019 LC Posn 39.35 - 119.49

Background

Two robbers were spotted on an ore carrier at the Jingtang Anchorage in China after crew noticed an unlit barge had drawn alongside.

The masked robbers were seen lowering hoses towards the barge before they made their escape from the quarter deck.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre said the incident happened shortly after midnight (local time) on January 30.

On searching the ship, oil stains were noticed near the sounding pipe of one of the ship’s bunker tanks.

Assessment and Analysis

There are occasional reports of thieves boarding vessels in the Jingtang anchorage, in some cases they have been targeting fuel.

Earlier in January the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre had reported robbers armed with an iron bar had boarded a bulk carrier at an anchorage close to Jingtang, off the port of Caofeidian,

Vessels using the Jingtang and Caofeidan anchorages should carefully monitor the approach of small craft and maintain strict watches, especially at night.

 

 

 

 

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

04/02/2019 Posn 4.0 - 9.1

Background

In what appears to be a commercial dispute, armed men are reported to have seized a 105,588 dead-weight tonne (dwt) tanker while it was discharging at the Sonara refinery in Limbe, Cameroon.

The tanker’s management company, Eastern Pacific Shipping, in a statement released on February 3, claimed the vessel had been illegally seized by a local charterer and Cameroon military forces.

It called it an act of unprovoked aggression and urged the government to order the release of the Singapore-flagged aframax tanker BARENTS SEA and its 26 crew.

There were no reports of anyone being injured when the vessel was boarded. Eastern Pacific Shipping said the men who seized the tanker had been carrying assault rifles.

Assessment and Analysis

A dispute between Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping and the Limbe-based charterer DSC Marine led to the shut-down of Cameroon’s Sonara refinery on January 27.

Local media said the refinery had run out of crude oil but the managers of the BARENTS SEA, which was anchored offshore, had withheld delivery of a replenishment cargo claiming charter payments were overdue.

It is not clear what agreements, if any, led to the BARENTS SEA proceeding to Sonara and begin discharging.

In its statement claiming the tanker had been illegally seized, Eastern Pacific Shipping said it was working with the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) to have the vessel released.

It said it had also called for help from the governments of India, Ukraine, China, Philippines and Turkey to press of the release their nationals among the crew.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

04/02/2019 Posn 38.67 - 119.62

Background

There are reports of unusually long delays for bulk carriers waiting to discharge at Chinese ports.

Traders, speaking at the end of January, said bulkers carrying cargoes of coal and iron ore were among the worst affected.

One shipping data provider estimated that there were 300 dry-bulk carriers waiting to dock on February 1.

“We don’t know why…but there has definitely been a significant slowdown in clearing customs, especially for Australian coal,” a trader told Reuters.

The ports most affected by the slowdown are reported to be Dalian, Huanghua, Jingtang, Lanshan, the Ningbo and Zhoushan zone, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Shantou, and Yingkou.

 

Assessment and Analysis

Delays were to be expected ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday, beginning on February 5, but in 2019 they appear to have started earlier and to have been longer than in previous years.

There has been no official indication, however, of any change in customs or port regulations.

Some of the ports where delays were reported had already been disrupted by smog.

Beginning in late December and running through to mid-January there were reports of poor visibility preventing vessels docking.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

28/01/2019 Posn 3.561 - 6.254

Background

Three ships have come under pirate attack in less than 24-hours off the Nigerian coast.

NATO’s Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG) said the first attack came shortly after dusk on January 24.

MDAT-GoG gave few details but other security sources named the vessel as the 19,117 deadweight tonne (dwt) product tanker LEVANTO.

They said the tanker, which was underway, came under fire from a skiff. The tanker began evasive manoeuvres and the attack was broken off.

The next incident, five hours later on January 25, saw the 24,170 dwt bulk carrier ALLEGRA come under fire, also from a skiff.

A general alarm was raised and the deck lights switched on and an armed security team aboard the bulker helped repel the attack.

The third incident took place in daylight on January 25. Two skiffs came alongside the 150,000 dwt crude carrier SAMURAI and assailants attempted to board. The tanker increased its speed and the skiffs turned away.

Assessment and Analysis

Ships underway in the Gulf of Guinea, particularly off Nigeria, are vulnerable to pirate attack. Some incidents have been taking place over 100 nm from the coast.

The first two of the latest attacks were between 35 and 45 nautical miles (nm) off Nigeria’s Brass Oil Terminal. The third attack, in which two skiffs were spotted, was 80 nm due south of the port.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 48 attacks in and around Nigerian waters in 2018. In the last three-months of the year over 40 seafarers were kidnapped.

Vessels sailing off Nigeria and in the wider Gulf of Guinea should be vigilant.

Those carrying out attacks are often armed and violent. Assailants typically come alongside vessels in small boats and use ladders, ropes and hooks in their attempts to board.

The greatest risk of attack is at night. Vessels underway should avoid slow steaming and carefully monitor the approach of unknown skiffs.

Evasive action, vessel hardening and the use of armed guards have all proved helpful in frustrating assaults.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

27/01/2019 LC Posn 5.118 - -3.99

Background

Two thieves armed with knives used a ladder to board a product tanker in the Abidjan anchorage on the Cote d’Ivoire.

The thieves were spotted near the ship’s poop-deck winch after dark on January 19.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre said the thieves fled after an alarm was raised and the ship’s searchlight directed towards them.

Assessment and Analysis

There has been a fall in the number of attacks against ships at anchor in Abidjan.

According to IMB statistics, there was only one reported boarding in 2018 but vessels remain at risk from intruders.

Crews should maintain strict watches, especially after dark.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page