Archive for March 2015

Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report   Leave a comment

14.03.2015: 0530 LT: Posn: 04:45S – 011:48E, Point Noire Outer Anchorage, Congo.
Unnoticed robbers boarded an anchored barge vessel. They broke open store room, stole ship properties and escaped. The incident was detected the next morning.
12.03.2015: 2254 LT: Posn: Terminal 5, Apapa Port, Lagos, Nigeria.
Duty pump man onboard a berthed product tanker, noticed two robbers hiding near the hatch cover of No.1 Cargo oil tank. He immediately informed the duty officer and alerted all crew. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers jumped overboard, disconnected their own hoses and escaped. Upon inspection, it was noticed that around five cubic meters of base oil was stolen. Agents and Port Security Officer informed.
11.03.2015: 0500 LT: Posn: 10:15N – 107:02E, Vung Tau Anchorage, Vietnam.
Duty AB onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed robbers on deck. He immediately informed the duty officer. Alarm raised and crew alerted. The robbers stole ship’s stores and escaped. No injury to crew.
09.03.2015: 2108 UTC: Posn: 01:43N – 105:50E, Around 37nm South of Pulau Repong, Indonesia.
Seven pirates, in a speed boat, wearing masks and armed with guns and long knives boarded and hijacked a product tanker underway. They took hostage the crew members, damaged all the communication and navigational equipment, transferred the MFO cargo into another vessel and escaped. One crew suffered minor injury during the incident. The Owners informed the MMEA who dispatched their vessel for investigations.
07.03.2015: 0930 LT: Posn: 06:13.11N – 119:50.18E, Around 18nm NNW of Laparan Island, Philippines.
A suspected mother vessel disguised as fishing vessel deployed six high speed skiffs which chased a bulk carrier underway. The persons onboard the skiffs wearing camouflage clothes circled around and attempted to board the ship. Master raised alarm, water spray system activated, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, broadcast security messages continuously via VHF channel 16 and contacted Philippines navy for assistance. Upon hearing the Philippines navy’s reply on the VHF channel, the skiffs aborted the attempted attack and moved away.
03.03.2015: 0425 LT: Posn: Berth No.9, Apapa Port, Lagos, Nigeria.
Eight robbers boarded a berthed reefer ship. Ship’s security watch spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed.

Posted March 16, 2015 by rrts in -NEWS

Colombia Seizes China-flagged Ship, Illegal Cargo   Leave a comment

Colombia detains China-flagged ship

By MarEx 

Cosco’s general cargo ship, the China-flagged Da Dan Xia, was detained by Colombian authorities at the Port of Cartagena on March 1st for the illegal transportation of roughly 100 tons of ammunition and other materials used to make explosives. The ship was stopped on Saturday when the illegal cargo was discovered during a routine inspection.

According the Luis Gonzalez, the national director of the attorney general’s office, Colombian authorities uncovered “around 100 tons of powder, 2.6 million detonators, 99 projectiles and around 3,000 cannon shells” on the Da Dan Xia. Gonzalez also said that the materials had been listed in the vessel’s records as ‘grain products’, listings that clearly did not match what was actually on board the cargo ship.

The ship’s captain will be seen by a judge, Gonzalez added, while other officials said he could be charged with illegal transport of military materials.

The Da Dan Xia was traveling from Cartegena to Baranquilla, with Cuba as the ship’s final destination.

Photographs from the prosecutor’s office showed wooden cases inside a shipping container with labels stating Chinese defense manufacturer Norinco as the supplier. The recipient was stated as importer Tecnoimport in the Cuban capital Havana.

This mirrors a similar incident that took place during the summer of 2013, when a North Korean ship was stopped while attempting to travel the Panama Canal with an estimated 240 tons of Cuba-bound weaponry. That vessel also did not have proper documentation for its cargo, and much like the Da Dan Xia, its captain resisted inspection of his ship.

Posted March 4, 2015 by rrts in -NEWS