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Total of Incidents: 02
West Africa VRA/HRA
Southeast Asia Region
Indian Ocean VRA/HRA
Incident mapping - Overview
Total of Incidents
One alert reported this week.
Attack and kidnapping aboard two Passenger Boats in the Akuku-Toru LGA Rivers State, Nigeria on the 5th of June.
Recent incidents underline continued risk faced by vessels and their crew members operating in this area, and the inability of regional authorities to respond expeditiously.
This week's incidents
4° 32' 18.00" N
6° 48' 24.00" E
Two Passenger Boats were reportedly attacked while underway from Abonema to Kula, in the Akuku-Toru LGA, Rivers State, Nigeria. The reports state the Passenger Vessels were each carrying twelve passengers, most of whom jumped into the river in a bid to escape being kidnapped, resulting in the attackers escaping with both of the Passenger Boats. One female passenger, initially reported to have been kidnapped, was later confirmed killed after her body was recovered from the river. A spokesperson for the State Police confirmed the incident, stating investigations and efforts to apprehend the perpetrators were ongoing.
ANALYSIS:Exact time and location of the incident were not specified in reports. This is the first incident of this type of piracy involving small passenger boats to be reported this year within the waterways around Port Harcourt. However, at least ten such incidents were reported in 2022. Each incident involved robbery, kidnapping, and/or passengers injured or killed during the attack. the Chairman of the Nigeria Maritime Union Workers in Rivers State, Nigeria, expressed worry that attacks along the waterways have resurfaced after a noticeable calm.
West Africa Weekly Comparison
2022-2023 West Africa Monthly Comparison
Total of Incidents
One alert was reported this week.
1) Live firing exercise on the 12th of June in the Red Sea, taking place from the 12th to the 15th of June.
Despite an overall reduction in reported piracy incidents, recent sightings, suspicious approaches, and attacks related to the ongoing conflict in Yemen, as well as Iran’s continued interference with maritime shipping, highlight vessels’ continued need for vigilance when transiting the region.
Continued verified reports of AIS spoofing and “ghost” targets in and around Strait of Hormuz; possibly with intent to divert vessels into Iranian territorial waters.
Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, and coastal areas of Pakistan remain areas of increased military exercises and/or live firing exercises, which may pose a risk to maritime shipping in the area.
This week's incident
0500 -1000 UTC
20° 44' 47.00"N
38° 44' 28.00"E
UKMTO NOTICE 002/JUN/2023 FIRING PRACTICE WILL BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN 0500-1000 UTC FROM 12 TO 15 JUN 23 IN AREA BOUNDED BY FOLLOWING COORDINATES. 20-46.50N 039-00.00E 20-46.50N 038-38.00E 20-26.50N 038-38.00E 20-26.50N 039-00.00E
ANALYSIS: Ships and craft are to keep well clear of assigned danger areas on the above specified schedule. All vessels in the vicinity are advised to remain vigilant and requested to report any incidents to UKMTO. All vessels are requested to inform UKMTO if any interference is noted on Radios/Radars/GPS
Indian Ocean Weekly Comparison
2022-2023 Indian Ocean Monthly Comparison
Total of Incidents
No alerts were reported this week.
Two incidents that occurred outside this reporting period.
1) Robbery of a container ship at Manila anchorage Philippines on the 4th ofJune. 2) Robbery of a bulk carrier underway in the Singapore strait on the 2nd of June.
Phillip Channel, Singapore Strait, remains the key area where robberies or boardings take place within Singapore & Malacca Straits.
Majority of reported incidents in the region occur in or near Singapore Straits. Of 93 incidents reported in the region in 2022, 58 took place in, or near, the TSS.
Last week's incidents
14° 36' 24.60" N
120° 50' 17.40" E
Robbery has been reported aboard a Liberian-flagged Container Ship while anchored at Manila anchorage, Philippines. The Master confirmed a number of robbers had boarded the vessel unnoticed and escaped with a welding machine, two spare fire nozzles, and a spanner. All crew have been reported safe, and no assistance was required.
ANALYSIS: This is the sixth reported incident in the vicinity of Manila this year; the previous incident occurring 30 April. However, four similar incidents were reported in the area of Batangas Port last year (2022); all but one aboard anchored or berthed vessels.
1° 16' 6.00" N
104° 16' 24.00" E
While underway, the master reported to Singapore VTIS that three perpetrators were spotted by the ship's crew in the engine room. The perpetrators were armed with knives. The master sounded the alarm and mustered the crew.
At about 0403 hrs, the master reported that the three intruders escaped in a small boat at the astern of her ship. All crew members were safe and accounted for, and nothing was stolen. The master informed that no further assistance is required. Safety navigational broadcast was initiated. The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) and Singapore Police Coast Guard were notified of the incident. Information was shared with the Indonesian and Malaysian authorities.
ANALYSIS: This is the 34th incident reported within the vicinity of the Singapore & Malacca Straits since the beginning of the year; the first in June.
Four similar incidents were reported in May, in which property was stolen aboard five of the vessels, including scrap metal and engine parts. All but two of the incidents occurred while vessels were underway. In most cases, robbers were discovered by duty crew in or near the vessels' engine room, and armed with knives.
Southeast Asia Weekly Comparison
2022 - 2023 Southeast Asia Monthly Comparison
Total of Incidents
No alerts reported this week.
Last reported alert was a robbery of a Chemical Tanker at Callao Anchorage, Peru on the 3rd of June.
Callao anchorage remains area of increased reported activity for commercial vessels at anchor in the vicinity of Peru. Out of 8 incidents reported this year, 5 took place at anchor in Callao Anchorage between 0000-0800 hrs UTC.
Last Week Incidents
12° 0' 46.20" S
77° 11' 45.60"W
[Last Reported Incident]
A robbery has been reported aboard a Chemical Tanker while anchored at Callao Anchorage, Peru. According to reports, a thief boarded the ship and removed the cover to the hawsepipe, enabling more criminals to come aboard. The crew on duty noticed the robbers near the fo'c'sle storage area and alerted others, causing the criminals to flee with stolen items from the ship's stores.
ANALYSIS:This is the fifth incident of this type to be reported in Callao anchorage this year, with eight similar incidents occurring in the anchorage last year. In most reported cases in this area, robbers were armed with knives and were able to escape with ship's and/or crew property.
Americas Weekly Comparison
2022 - 2023 Americas Monthly Comparison
Weekly Alert Comparison by Area
2022 - 2023 Overall Monthly Comparison
All findings are predictive and estimative. To communicate these findings clearly and in order to accurately compare threat levels, the report uses a variation of terminology used by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Piracy: CV has adopted the definition of piracy similar to that given in the BMP. Content within this document uses the term ‘piracy’ which includes all violent and non-violent acts against vessels, her crew and cargo which have taken place either in internal waterways, territorial waters or deep offshore. CV classifies piracy incidents into six categories:
Hijacking – Crew lost control of the vessel for a sufficient period of time and then pirates kidnapped at least one crewmember and/or passenger(s).
Pirate Attack– Vessel was attacked with gunfire or RPG fire and/or then boarded the vessel with the intent to hijack and/or kidnap at least one crewmember(s) and/or passenger(s).
Robbery – Vessel is boarded with criminal intent, theft does not have to occur.
Suspicious approach/vessels– Suspicious activity reported (i.e. a vessel was approached by unidentified craft with one or more persons on board) or sighting of firearms and boarding equipment on board a suspicious vessel and/or sighting of a confirmed pirate mother ship.
General Alert– A reported incident has been released by authorities to notify seafarers of a possible incident which is still being investigated/confirmed. This can also be a warning of an imminent Danger to seafarers.
Caution – An unconfirmed warning of an incident that could affect seafarers.
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