Recently Reported Incidents:
June 10, 2009 - 20 nm Off Nigeria: Five heavily armed robbers in a boat attacked a bulk carrier at anchor. Robbers boarded the vessel using rope attached to a hook. The robbers fired several warning shots and threatened to take the master hostage. Thirty-five minutes later, the robbers left the vessel with the ship’s and crew’s cash and crew properties.
June 10, 2009 - Off Ras Al Madrakah, Oman: Ten pirates armed with guns and RPG in two speed boats chased a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, sounded ship's whistle and crew activated fire hoses. Pirates attempted to board the ship using portable ladder. Master continued with the evasive manoeuvres and crew threw wooden and iron pieces to deter the pirates from boarding. The pirates showed hand signals to stop the engines and fired at the accommodation. After 50 minutes of attempted boarding, pirates aborted the attack and proceeded towards their mother vessel. Incident reported to Oman coast guard and coalition warships.
June 9, 2009 - Douala anchorage, Cameroon: Sixteen robbers armed with guns and knives boarded a refrigerated cargo ship at anchor. They attacked ship’s crew, damaged communication equipment and stole ship’s and crew cash and properties. Three crew members were injured. Master reported the incident to port authorities but no help was given. The following morning at 0745 lt, a military boat with officials came to investigate.
June 7, 2009 - Gulf of Aden: Four pirates armed with guns in a speed boat fired upon a bulk carrier underway. Master increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, contacted coalition warships and crew activated fire hoses. Pirates made several attempts to board the ship and later aborted.
June 7, 2009 - Gulf of Aden: Five pirates in a speedboat armed with guns approached a tanker underway and fired upon her. Master increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, ship's whistle sounded continuously, contacted coalition warships and crew activated fire hoses. Pirates aborted the attempt due to the evasive action taken by the tanker.
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