Archive for February 2018

Hot Water Thrown on Pirates   1 comment

MV Kudos 1
MV Kudos 1

BY MAREX 

An attack by suspected Abu Sayyaf pirates was thwarted on Friday after boiling water mixed with oil was poured on the men as they tried to board the vessel.

The MV Kudos 1 was sailing off the waters of Basilan in the Philippines when it as attacked by men in three motorboats. After their boarding attempt failed, the pirates fired shots at the vessel and caused some damage and minor injuries as a result.

Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr, Western Mindanao Command Commander, praised the actions of the crew who foiled the attempt before naval and coast guard forces arrived on the scene. On arrival, Coast Guard personnel treated the injured crewmen, and naval ships escorted the vessel to anchorage.

Last year, ReCAAP ISC praised the quick-thinking action of crew, saying a drop in the number of incidents was an indication of their efforts. For example, on March 5, general cargo ship, Phu An 268 carrying 2,700 tons of rice departed My Thoi port, Vietnam, for Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. At about 1600 hrs, a skiff with six pirates on board approached and followed her for around 1.5 hours. The master and the crew raised the alarm, increased speed and activated the water hose to prevent the pirates from boarding. The master informed the Malaysian authorities immediately, and in response, the Malaysian Royal Navy deployed vessels immediately to the location of the incident to provide assistance and escort Phu An 268 safely to Sandakan port.

In another case, on February 22 at 1345hrs, bulk carrier Donghae Star was underway in the vicinity of about 37.8 nautical miles northwest of Littoral Monitoring Station Bongao, Tawi-Tawi when the ship sighted three fast boats painted in black with five pirates on board wearing black clothes. The boats were chasing after the ship at a speed of about 20.5 knots. The crew immediately contacted the Philippine Navy by radio. The Navy deployed patrol vessels to the location, and the three speed boats slowed down and stopped their chase.

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Posted February 22, 2018 by rrts in -NEWS

Pirates Free Tanker and Crew   1 comment

Marine Express

BY MAREX 

Pirates have freed the tanker Marine Express and her 22 Indian crew. Ship management company Anglo-Eastern said the tanker had been freed on Tuesday, and the crew were safe. The cargo of 13,500 tons of gasoline remains on board.

The Marine Express went missing in the Gulf of Guinea after contact was lost in Benin on Friday.

Anglo-Eastern issued a statement saying: “A complete investigation will be carried out into the hijacking, and we wish to express our gratitude to the captain and crew of the vessel and their families for their courage and fortitude in dealing with this difficult situation, as well as to all of the authorities and agencies involved.”

The pirate attack was the second in three weeks off Benin. On January 9, U.K. shipowner Union Maritime lost contact with the product tanker Barrett, which was at anchor off Cotonou. The Barrett had been taken by pirates, and her crew were in captivity for six days while a “resolution process” moved forward. The crew and the vessel were eventually released.

Piracy is a common occurrence in the Gulf of Guinea, where criminal groups based in the Niger Delta have the capability to raid shipping far out to sea. Several instances of armed robbery are reported monthly in the region. Piracy experts suggest that a higher occurrence rate is likely, and is masked by under-reporting.

Posted February 22, 2018 by rrts in -NEWS

Second Tanker Goes Missing in Gulf of Guinea   1 comment

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The Marine Express, 2010 (file image courtesy Shipping Database / Korpan)

BY MAREX 

On Friday, Hong Kong-based ship management group Anglo-Eastern reported that it has lost contact with the product tanker Marine Express at a position off Benin.

As of 0330 hours GMT on Thursday, when she was last in touch, the Express was at an anchorage off the port of Cotonou in the Gulf of Guinea, an area known for a high risk of piracy. She had 22 crewmembers and 13,500 tons of gasoline on board.

If the Express‘ disappearance is the result of a hijacking, it would be the second in three weeks off Benin. On January 9, U.K. shipowner Union Maritime lost contact with the product tanker Barrett, which was at anchor off Cotonou. The Barrett had been taken by pirates, and her crew were in captivity for six days while a “resolution process” moved forward. The crew and the vessel were eventually released.

Piracy is a common occurrence in the Gulf of Guinea, where criminal groups based in the Niger Delta have the capability to raid shipping far out to sea. Armed robbery is also a routine problem, with several instances reported every month; piracy experts suggest that a higher occurrence rate is likely, and is masked by underreporting.

Posted February 5, 2018 by rrts in -NEWS