Fourteen incidents of piracy and robbery of vessels were reported in Southeast Asia in December 2017. All of these incidents could be classified as petty theft. Vessels were at anchor during twelve of these incidents.
Four robberies were reported at Manila Anchorages, Philippines. Container Ships were targeted in all four incidents. Robbers board via the anchor chain and hawse pipe. Survival and safety equipment are mostly targeted during the thefts. Life rafts, immersion suits, breathing apparatus and cylinders and fire fighting outfits were stolen.
Six incidents were recorded in the Malacca and Singapore Straits. Three robberies and one attempted robbery were reported in the Singapore Straits of which only two occurred while the vessels were underway. In most cases crew’s possessions and ship’s stores were stolen. A robbery and an attempted robbery were reported at Galang Anchorage, Indonesia. Ship’s stores were stolen.
On 21 December 2017 a robbery and an attempted robbery were reported on the Bulk Carrier, GH Northern Dancer at Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia. During the first incident at 00:05LT mooring ropes were stolen while the robbers were sighted on the second boarding at 22:15LT and they had to flee empty handed.1
A robbery was reported at Gilacap Anchorage, Indonesia.
On 16 December 2017 the bulk carrier, Tron Legacy was boarded at Hon Net Anchorage, Cam Pha, Viet Nam. 882 litres of paint were stolen during the robbery.2
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