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A few armed robberies were reported to IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during 2021. Despite the fact that there were not a lot of attacks the vessels should continue to exercise the utmost vigilance.

According to IMB on January 3rd, a group of armed pirates boarded an anchored bulk carrier in port Muara Berau, Indonesia. Three intruders intended to rob the vessel while at anchor and they were successful. They used knives to get on the board and stole ship’s store. Duty crew spotted the robbers near the forecastle store. The attack reported to local authorities.

On the next day another vessel was boarded being at anchor and also pirates were successful. This time it was the port of Pointe-Noire, the Congo. At midnight the robbers armed with knifes got on the container ship. The captain sighted the pirates on board alarming all crew members taking refuge in the citadel. Nevertheless, pirates stole the ship’s stores and escaped. The incident was reported to Port Control. All crew reportedly safe.

In addition, a robbery recently occurred in Port-au-Prince Bay. Duty officer onboard an anchored bulk carrier noticed suspicious echo on radar and asked the security patrol to investigate. A security patrol noticed that about six people had boarded the vessel with a hook and ladder. The duty officer raised the alarm and the whole team went home. They threatened the chief engineer guarding the entrance to the living quarters, and he managed to escape to the bridge. Ship owner reported the attack to the Coast Guard and a local agent. The vessel went ashore for a search. Theft reportedly stole the ship’s property. The ship and crew are safe.

All Image Credits – The EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia.

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