The act of robbery in maritime industry is not unusual in nowadays. They attack vessels typically with the goal of stealing cargo and other valuable items or properties. Moreover, there are several dangerous areas with maritime piracy around the world and Asia among them.
Recently, maritime pirates attacked a bulk carrier “Bridgewater 80” while underway West of Kutubdia, Bangladesh. The ReCAPP reports that 10 armed pirates approached the vessel. According to master they had knives. Pirates boarded the carrier in order to rub the vessel, they took two drums of hydraulic oil and hoses and then disappeared. Situation like this needs quick and confident actions, so did the captan. As soon as the pirates were sighted on board the master immediately contacted the local Coast Guard for help. In responding to the master’s call the local coast guard with expedition proceeded to the attack location. Fortunately, crew are safe as the risk of crew abduction in the area is high. The piracy attack occurred on December, 12.
Earlier four days before this incident a group of pirates robbed another vessel while at anchor. The tug boat whose name was not disclosed reported to the ReCAAP ISC about the piracy activity. At the moment of the incident the vessel was in Carena Shipyard, port Abidjan, Ivory Coast. An unknown number of robbers sneaked aboard from port quarter and stole a mooring line and a dockyard wilden pump. In addition, they managed to hide unnoticed, they did their atrocities quickly and accurately. Only one detail was figured out the pirates escaped in a small skiff dragging the mooring line.
ReCAAP ISC affirms the importance of collective responsibility. Contact with a local authorities and report all piracy activities to arrest all sea pirates.
All Image Credits – The EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia.