Maritime Threat Picture

in collaboration with NORTH

Two vessels attacks, seventeen crew kidnapped, Douala Anchorage, Cameroon view more

US highlights threat to shipping from Iran view more

US Maritime Administration issues new advisory for vessels operating in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz view more

Heroin found in container bound for Rotterdam view more

Record cocaine seizure in German port view more

Some crews will have the right to refuse to enter 'high risk area' view more

Intruders board tanker as it waits for pilot view more

Crew member assaulted by illegal boarders view more

Thieves board tanker during cargo operations view more

Attacks on vessels possible as tension between Iran and the West escalate view more

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

JWC Listed Areas: Saudi Arabia (Red Sea coast) excluding transits view more

JWC Listed Area: United Arab Emirates view more

JWC Listed Area: Persian or Arabian Gulf and adjacent waters including the Gulf of Oman west of Longitude 58°E view more

JWC Listed Area: Oman 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

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

JWC listed area in Saudi Arabia (Gulf coast) 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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15/08/2019 Posn 3.877 - 9.52

Background

Armed persons boarded two vessels during the early hours of 15 August.

Both incidents, one shortly before the other, took place in the Douala Anchorage, Cameroon.

The two vessels involved, the VICTORY C and the MARMALAITA, are both European owned and operated.

Armed persons boarded the ships under cover of darkness.

In both instances the crews hid, but when they emerged crew members were reported missing.

Nine crew members were reported missing, presumed kidnapped, from the VICTORY C and eight from the MARMALAITA.

Assessment and Analysis

These are the third and fourth serious incidents reported in and around Douala Anchorage in 2019.

In February 2019 eight crew members were taken from Chinese fishing vessels.

In March 2019 four crew members were kidnapped from the CONTSHIP OAK. The crew were held for just over a month before being released.

There have now been at least 30 reported attacks on ships in the Gulf of Guinea since the beginning of the year and over 45 seafarers have been abducted.

Attackers are regularly reported to have been carrying firearms, including automatic weapons.

Ships have been targeted underway and at anchor in daylight and at night.

Vessels in the area should exercise extreme caution and keep strict watches and monitor any unexpected approach by small craft.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

12/08/2019 Posn 26.47 - 56.50

Background

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a new advisory for vessels operating in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

It says vessels should keep their AIS (automatic identification systems) transmitting at all times and be ready to answer VHF calls from coalition naval forces.

In goes on, in a section specifically for US-flagged vessels, to say ships should register simultaneously with the UK Maritime Trade Office (UKMTO) and US Fifth Fleet Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Watch before they enter the area.

They should send both agencies, via a single email, details of when they will enter and when they will leave the Strait of Hormuz Traffic Separation Scheme and give an outline of their navigation plans for operating in the Strait and in the Persian Gulf.

The advisory is current from August 8.

Assessment and Analysis

Tension has been growing between Iran and the West with both sides accusing each other of aggressive behaviour.

The United States blames Iran for a series of attacks against commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz and in the wider Persian Gulf.

Iran denies involvement in some of the incidents and, in cases were vessels have been seized or detained, claims it has been acting lawfully.

The latest MARAD advisory talks of a serious threat to commercial vessels from heightened military activity.

It says there have been a least two cases of vessels reporting GPS interference. It claims there have also been reports of spoofed bridge-to-bridge communications from unknown entities falsely claiming to be US or coalition warships.

This advisory warns against vessels shutting off their AIS saying its risks complicating response efforts should they be involved in an incident.

If Iranian forces hail a US-flagged ship, or board or attempt to board, the advisory says the US Fifth Fleet Battle Watch should be informed immediately.

Ships should take extreme care not to enter sensitive Iranian waters.

Ships should maintain a high state of awareness and be alert to local and regional tensions that could put them at risk.

Contact details for US Fifth Fleet Battle Watch: + 973-1785-3879; email: CUSNC.BWC@ME.NAVY.MIL.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

07/08/2019 Posn 51.94 - 1.376

Background

There has been another seizure of illegal drugs from a shipping container moving through a European port, the second such operation in less than a month.

Police in the United Kingdom said 400 kg of heroin had been found on a container ship berthed in the port of Felixstowe.

The drugs were in a container bound for Rotterdam. The heroin was concealed under a consignment of bathrobes and towels.

An official representing the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) the seizure was the result of ‘a targeted, intelligence-led investigation.’

The drugs, with a street value of around $50 million, were seized on August 1.

Assessment and Analysis

The container involved in the latest drug seizure began its sea voyage in Oman, stopping at various ports before reaching the United Kingdom. UK police made one arrest.

Officials allowed the container to continue, as scheduled, to Rotterdam where further arrests were made when the container was picked up.

A European Union (EU) report into drug trafficking, published in June, said ‘large-volume trafficking’ using maritime shipping containers was presenting the authorities with a ‘major challenge’.

In July, some two weeks before the heroin shipment was found in Felixstowe, German authorities in Hamburg seized 4.5 tons of cocaine from a containership bound for Antwerp.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

06/08/2019 Posn 53.50 - 9.95

Background

German authorities have given details of the operation that led to the discovery of 4.5 tons of cocaine on a container ship bound for Antwerp.

Officials seized the drugs in July when the vessel docked in Hamburg.

A customs official said officers had used a ‘sophisticated risk analysis’ model to determine which containers to inspect.

The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $1 billion. They were concealed in sports bags hidden in containers listed as carrying soya beans.

The containers were loaded in the Uruguayan port of Montevideo.

Assessment and Analysis

The Hamburg operation was the largest individual seizure of cocaine ever seen in Germany.

An EU Drug Markets Report published in June said cocaine was becoming more widely available in Europe and that seizures of the drug were running at record levels.

The report said cocaine was entering Europe through various routes but that ‘large-volume trafficking’ using maritime shipping containers stood out as a ‘major challenge’.

It said Rotterdam was the main point of entry but that Hamburg was seeing an increase in traffic.

In June, US authorities detained a container ship involved in smuggling almost 20 tons of cocaine into the US port of Philadelphia.

The vessel was later released but US courts could still order the vessel forfeit if prosecutors prove the owners or operators knew drugs were on-board.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

05/08/2019 Posn 26.67 - 56.58

Background

Some ships’ crews could have the right to refuse to sail the Strait of Hormuz following a decision by the UK-based Warlike Operations Area Committee (WAOC).

The committee, which includes the U.K. Chamber of Shipping and unions representing seafarers, has designated the Strait a ‘high risk area’.

Seafarers on vessels covered by the WAOC agreement can request to leave a ship before entering the Strait.

The agreement applies to vessels listed on the UK Chamber of Shipping and covers seafarers of any nationality aboard those ships.

It only applies in cases where operators ignore flag-state and industry guidance.

The agreement also allows for bonus payments for crews that do enter the Strait.

Assessment and Analysis

Tensions between Iran and the West have been growing since the United States unilaterally imposed tough new sanctions against Iran in a bid to restrict its nuclear programme.

The area covering Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf has become a flashpoint.

In July, Iran seized two tankers, including the British-flagged STENA IMPERO.

In early August, it said it had seized another foreign tanker, claiming it had been smuggling fuel.

There was no confirmation of the Iranian report that a third vessel had been seized but it further fuelled regional tension.

The WAOC decision, announced on August 2, is unlikely to have a major impact on shipping operations. It is a temporary measure due for review in early September.

The decision does however underline anxiety about the potential for shipping to be involved in any escalation of the conflict and reflects concern that seafarers are already being held in Iranian custody.

In July, London’s marine insurance market designated waters in and around the Persian Gulf as an area of ‘enhanced risk’ and insurance rates have surged.

Britain’s Royal Navy, meanwhile, has deployed two warships to escort British-flagged vessels through the Strait.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

01/08/2019 LC Posn -6.01 - 106.83

Background

Five robbers armed with knives boarded a chemical tanker as it waited for a pilot.

They assaulted the tanker’s chief engineer, who was making routine rounds, and fled when then crew raised an alarm.

The tanker was five nautical miles (nm) outside the port of Tanjung Priok in Indonesia’s Jakarta Bay.

The incident happened shortly before dawn on July 31.

The robbers left the tanker empty-handed.

Assessment and Analysis

This was the seconded recorded incident of intruders boarding a vessel at Tanjung Priok in just over a month.

In late June, thieves boarded a bulk carrier and stole equipment and property from a storeroom. The bulk carrier was at berth, working cargo.

Theft and robbery continue to be a problem for ships in Indonesian ports and anchorages.

Three days before the latest incident, crew spotted armed intruders on a tanker berthed at Lubuk Gaung Anchorage in Indonesia’s Dumai Port.

Perpetrators board ships alone or in gangs, generally at night and sometimes armed with knives.

Ships should maintain strict watches at the approaches to ports and while at berth and in anchorages.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

31/07/2019 LC Posn 6.43 - 3.346

Background

Robbers armed with metal bars boarded a container ship berthed in Lagos and assaulted a crew member.

The incident happened at the container terminal in Tin Can Island Port (TCIP).

Three robbers boarded the vessel from a small boat.

They attacked the crew member on watch and stole his personal belongings.

An alarm was raised and the attackers fled.

The crew member who was assaulted was injured and was given a medical check-up.

The incident, which happened before dawn on July 29, was reported to the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO).

Assessment and Analysis

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.

In January 2019, there were at least three attempts to board tankers, apparently in order to steal petroleum products.

In the same month, three stowaways were arrested at the Tin Can Island container terminal after attempting to board a ship bound for Europe.

In April and May there were reports of intruders boarding tankers in the Lagos Secure Anchorage.

Many more incidents of illegal boarding are thought to go unreported.

Vessels visiting Lagos and its anchorages should take precautions against illegal boarding.

Crew members should maintain a good visual and radar watch for small craft, especially at night.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page

31/07/2019 LC Posn 1.75 - 101.37

Background

Thieves boarded a berthed tanker during cargo operations at the Lubuk Gaung Anchorage in Indonesia’s Dumai Port.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) piracy reporting centre said the four intruders were armed, but gave no details.

The thieves were spotted near the ship’s engine room and an alarm was raised.

They fled the vessel, escaping through the steering-gear room.

The incident happened before dawn on July 28.

A search of the tanker found engine spares had been stolen.

The incident was reported to the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO).

Assessment and Analysis

This was the second case in three months of thieves boarding a vessel at the Lubuk Gaung Anchorage to steal engine spares.

In May a bulk carrier was boarded and the spare-part room of the main engine room broken into.

More generally, thieves continue to target ships in Indonesian ports and anchorages.

At the end of June, robbers stole equipment from the storeroom of a bulk carrier during cargo operations at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta.

Perpetrators have been known to board ships alone or in gangs. They generally operate at night and sometimes come armed with knives.

They typically target ship stores and usually flee if confronted.

Ships should maintain strict watches at berth and in anchorages.

Reported and analysed by North and Gray Page