Maritime Threat Picture

in collaboration with NORTH

Engine room broken into view more

Suspicious approach by unidentified speedboat view more

Chemical tanker hijacked from Lome anchorage view more

Reports of damage to vessels view more

Intruders flee tanker after alarm raised view more

European naval patrol vessel confronts pirates for second time in just over a month view more

Thieves flee tanker after crew sound alarm view more

Vessel boarded at anchor view more

Ship stores stolen from bulk carrier view more

'Strong warning' to observe sanctions view more

United States adds Seychelles to the list of countries it regards as having inadequate anti-terrorism measures view more

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

SINGAPORE STRAIT - Risk: Unmanned barges vulnerable to boarding view more

SINGAPORE STRAIT - Risk: Indonesian authorities target vessels anchored without permission 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

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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15/05/2019 LC Posn 1.70 - 101.45

Background

Engine spare-parts have been stolen from a bulk carrier at the Lubuk Gaung Anchorage, in Indonesia’s Dumai Port.

The theft was noticed by a crew member who went to the engine room and saw signs of a break-in.

An alarm was raised and the vessel was searched but the perpetrator or perpetrators had gone.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) piracy reporting centre said the theft was discovered on the afternoon of May 11.

Assessment and Analysis

Thieves continue to target ships in Indonesian ports and anchorages.

Perpetrators board ships either alone or in gangs and generally operate at night. They are sometimes armed with knives.

They typically steal ship stores and usually flee if confronted.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

14/05/2019 LC Posn 7.40 - 128.29

Background

The crew of a bulk carrier have reported a suspicious approach by a speedboat.

The bulk carrier was underway 115 nautical miles east of Baganga on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

As the speedboat approached an alarm was raised, the bulk carrier’s crew mustered and the ship‘s fire hoses pressurised.

Individuals in the speedboat were shouting towards the ship. Some were holding steel hooks.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) piracy reporting centre said the speedboat chased the bulk carrier for some 30 minutes before moving away.

The bulk carrier continued its passage.

Assessment and Analysis

Pirate attacks off the east coast of Mindanao have been rare.

Even problems associated with piracy and crew abduction off southern Mindanao in the Sulu and Celebes Seas have been in decline.

A senior official in the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has been as quoted as saying there had been no piracy incidents off Mindanao in the ten months  to October 2018 and there have been no reports of piracy in the first four months of 2019.

However, Mindanao remains under martial law and terrorists and armed groups have the potential to pose a pirate threat.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

14/05/2019 Posn 5.77 - 1.19

Background

A chemical tanker was seized by armed hijackers in Lome Anchorage in Togo.

Intruders were able to board the 1,433 deadweight tonne (dwt) G DONA I from a canoe.

The attack took place around midnight local time on the night of May 11/12.

A Togolese Navy patrol intervened after the tanker was seen manoeuvring erratically and failed to respond to requests for contact.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said the navy intercepted the tanker 25 nautical miles (nm) from the anchorage.

Eight suspected hijackers were arrested and the tanker escorted back to Lome.

The tanker’s crew were unharmed.

Assessment and Analysis

This was the third reported hijack in the Gulf of Guinea in less than two months.

All three were resolved by the intervention of naval forces.

The first two hijacks were off the Nigerian coast.

In both cases a Spanish Navy patrol vessel, operating as part of international efforts to improve maritime security, closed in on the hijacked vessels prompting the pirates to flee.

In the latest case the Togolese authorities were able to identify the nationalities of the alleged hijackers. Six were from Nigeria and two from Togo.

Crews should exercise extreme caution while in the Gulf of Guinea, both at anchor and underway.

They should avoid slow steaming and watch for the approach of small vessels, especially at night.

All vessels trading in Gulf of Guinea should adopt robust vessel hardening measures to deter illegal boarding.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

13/05/2019 Posn 25.27 - 56.47

Background

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) says vessels should ‘exercise caution’ when in, or close to, anchorages off Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The advisory came after what MARAD called unconfirmed reports of attacks or sabotage.

It followed an announcement from the UAE’s official news agency WAM that ‘four commercial vessels [had been] subjected to sabotage operations’ on May 12.

The report gave no details of the vessels involved. It did however say there had been no casualties and that there had been no spills of fuel or harmful chemicals.

It quoted the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying the incidents took place near UAE territorial waters, east of Fujairah.

In an apparent reference to the same incidents Saudi Arabian officials said two Saudi oil tankers had been attacked causing “significant damage to the structures.”

A day after the WAM report Thome Ship Management said the Norwegian-registered 47,210 deadweight tonne (dwt) tanker ANDREA VICTORY had been damaged by an unknown object while in the area.

‘The master reported the crew were unharmed but there was a hole in the hull area of the aft peak tank. The ship is not in any danger of sinking,’ the ship management company said in a statement carried by Reuters.

Assessment and Analysis

Twenty-four hours after the first reports of sabotage there were no clear details of what had happened.

In a statement from Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry on May 13, the day after alleged incidents took place, the attacks were described as a “dangerous threat to the safety of navigation and affects negatively regional and international security.”

But, in line with reaction from the UAE, Saudi officials gave no information about the nature of the attacks and no group claimed responsibility.

The reported incidents have heightened fears of disruption to shipping in the region at a time of growing tension between Iran and the United States and its regional allies.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

08/05/2019 LC Posn 6.16 - 3.13

Background

Two intruders were spotted on a tanker in the Lagos Secure Anchorage shortly after midnight on May 3.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre said they were near a cargo tank and were carrying a hose.

The crew raised an alarm and the intruders fled.

Nothing was reported stolen.

A patrol boat was alerted and searched the area.

Assessment and Analysis

This was second report of intruders carrying a hose boarding a tanker in a Lagos anchorage in less than ten days.

On April 24 three unknown individuals were seen near a tanker’s cargo tank in the early hours of the morning. They too fled after an alarm was raised.

Vessels visiting ports and anchorages in and around Lagos anchorages should take precautions against illegal boarding, particularly at night.

Crew members should maintain a good visual and radar watch for the approach of small craft.

Most intruders targeting ships in the anchorages appear intent on stealing petroleum products.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

07/05/2019 LC Posn 3.04 - 7.55

Background

Pirates briefly hijacked a heavy load carrier in the Gulf of Guinea, at one stage firing into the citadel where the crew had taken refuge.

The attack took place in daylight on May 6, some 60 nautical miles south of Nigeria’s Bonny Island.

The hijack was brought to an end by Spanish marines.

The piracy reporting body MDAT-GoG (Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea) issued an alert shortly after the attack began.

It later said the heavy load carrier was under naval escort and that all the crew were safe.

The vessel has been named as the Maltese-flagged BLUE MARLIN.

It was sailing from Luba in Equatorial Guinea, to Malta.

It is not clear how the pirates boarded the ship but once on deck they were able to fire through a hole into the citadel where the crew were mustered.

They demanded money and valuables.

A distress call sent by the captain alerted international naval forces and a Spanish Navy patrol vessel came to the load carrier’s assistance.

Marines boarded the load carrier, by which time it appears the pirates had fled.

MDAT-GoG had reported a tug coming under attack in almost the same sea area just one day before the May 6 incident. Details of that attack are unclear.

Assessment and Analysis

This was the second hijack in five weeks in waters south of the Nigerian coast.

In both cases the hijacks were brought to an end by marines from the Spanish Navy patrol vessel SERVIOLA.

The SERVIOLA is in the Gulf of Guinea as part of international efforts to improve maritime security in the region.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 23 cases of boarding or attempted boarding in 2018 and the pace of attacks appears to be accelerating.

By some estimates, 2019 had already seen 18 attacks by the first week in May.

Pirates had targeted vessels underway and in anchorages and at berth.

Crews should exercise extreme caution while in the Gulf of Guinea.

They should avoid slow steaming and watch for the approach of small vessels, especially at night.

Evasive action and the use of citadels are effective in frustrating pirate assaults.

Where possible, vessels trading in Gulf of Guinea should adopt robust vessel hardening measures.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

30/04/2019 LC Posn 6.20 - 3.20

Background

Thieves have targeted a tanker in Lagos Anchorage.

Three intruders were seen aboard the anchored tanker in the early hours of April 24.

They had approached in a small craft and were spotted by a crew member near one of the tanker’s cargo tanks.

An alarm was sounded and the crew mustered.

The robbers, who had been carrying a hose, jumped overboard and escaped.

Details of the incident were published by the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre.

Assessment and Analysis

Vessels visiting ports and anchorages in and around Lagos continue to be targeted by thieves.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 23 cases of boarding or attempted boarding in 2018 in the cluster of ports and anchorages covered by the Port of Lagos (Apapa).

In the first weeks of 2019 there were at least three attempts to board tankers.

Most intruders targeting ships in the anchorages appear intent on stealing petroleum products.

They have used a variety of means to board including scaling ropes and climbing anchor chains.

Vessels visiting Lagos and its anchorages should take precautions against illegal boarding, particularly at night.

Crew members should maintain a good visual and radar watch for the approach of small craft.

When possible, ships should illuminate their sides and ladders and ropes should be secured and stowed away.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

29/04/2019 LC Posn 10.25 - -64.63

Background

An intruder escaped from a vessel in the Puerto La Cruz Anchorage in Venezuela after a crew member raised an alarm.

The intruder was spotted on the ship’s CCTV by the officer of the watch.

The ship’s crew was alerted and an alarm was sounded.

A search of the vessel showed that stores had been stolen from the forecastle.

The incident happened just before midnight local time on April 25. A outline of events was published by the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre.

Details of the vessel were not given.

Assessment and Analysis

A month before the latest incident there was a report of a tanker being boarded by robbers at the nearby Jose Terminal.

That robbery also took place at night.

There have been numerous reports of vessels being boarded by thieves while waiting in Venezuelan anchorages.

In some cases the intruders have been armed, often with knives.

They have typically targeted cash and valuables and any stores that can be easily moved.

Ships operating in Venezuela should maintain strict watches at berth and at anchor and should be alert to the approach of small craft.

When possible, a ship’s sides and decks should be illuminated at night. Pilot ladders and accommodation ladders should be stowed.

Ships’ crews are advised not to go ashore as they could be at risk as the country’s political and economic crisis continues.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

29/04/2019 LC Posn -12.06 - -77.17

Background

Ship stores have been stolen from a bulk carrier in Callao Anchorage.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre said the theft was noticed shortly after midnight on April 26.

The perpetrators escaped unseen.

Assessment and Analysis

This was the second boarding of a bulk carrier in Callao Anchorage in less than a month.

In the early hours of April 14 five intruders climbed a rope to gain access to a bulk carrier’s deck.

Once on-board they assaulted a crew member who had been making routine rounds and stole seafarers’ property.

Even before the April incidents there had been a report in March of thieves in Callao trying to board a vehicle-carrier by scaling the anchor cable.

All three incidents took place in the hours before dawn.

Ships’ crews should be vigilant when entering Callao Anchorage and post strict watches. They should be especially alert to the approach of small craft.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page