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Four robbers boarded a bulk carrier alongside a berth during discharge operations. They broke into the deck store, stole ship's stores and escaped unnoticed. The theft was noticed during the hand over watch and was reported to the local agent and the port authorities.

Robbers in an unlit small boat closed to an anchored bulk carrier and attempted to climb onboard the ship via the anchor chain. Alert duty O/S noticed the robbers, shouted at them and informed the bridge who raised the alarm. All crew members rushed to the forecastle. On hearing the alarm and seeing the crew alertness, the robbers aborted the attempted boarding and escaped in their boat. Port control informed.

Three robbers in a wooden boat approached and boarded an anchored tanker. They broke into the forecastle store and stole ship's stores. Duty crew heard some noises in the fore peak store, checked and found the door's lock broken and informed D/O who raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped with the stolen ship stores. Coast guard and port control informed.

Four robbers in a blue and white coloured skiff approached an anchored product tanker. Armed guards onboard the tanker found the intention of the skiff aggressive and fired a warning shot. The skiff aborted the approach and moved away. Master called the Togo navy but received no response. At 2305 UTC, the skiff along with three similar skiffs approached the tanker at high speed from the bow, mid-ship and stern. The armed guards fired two warning shots in the air which were ignored by the skiffs which closed to the ship side and then moved along the ship side on towards the stern. Only when the armed team fried more warning shots did the skiffs move away. The Master heaved up the anchor and sailed further away from the anchorage area to drift. At 2320 UTC, Togo navy responded and the Master reported the incident to the navy.

Nine pirates armed with long knives boarded an anchored tug from astern and took the duty watchman as hostage. The pirates then went to the bridge and stole stole crew personal belongings, cash and vessel's navigation equipment and escaped in around 20 minutes. During the incident, two crew members were slightly injured.

Three robbers boarded a chemical tanker at anchor. Robbers were sighted at poop deck, alarm raised and all crew mustered. Seeing alert crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship's stores. All crew safe.

A laden chemical tanker enroute from Pasir Gudang to Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia was boarded and hijacked by a gang of 11 pirates. The crew of the tanker were set adrift in a life raft and the tanker deviated towards Vietnam. When the owners could not get in touch with the tanker, the owners contacted the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre which immediately relayed the message to all authorities in the vicinity and broadcast the message to all ships in the ocean region. The IMB PRC then continuously liaised with the owners and the Vietnam authorities on the location of the tanker. The Vietnam Marine Police intercepted the tanker and detained all the pirates and escorted the tanker to a port for further investigations. The crew of the tanker were rescued by passing fishing vessels and safely landed ashore at Vung Tau.

Robbers armed with long knife boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Duty watchman noticed the robbers who threatened him with a long knife and warned him not to approach any closer. Duty watchman alerted the Chief Officer who raised the alarm and alerted the crew. On seeing the alert crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s stores. No reply received from port authority and agent onboard vessel indicated that theft was normal at Samarinda.

Four armed robbers boarded an anchored chemical tanker via the anchor chain. They attempted to attack the duty A/B who managed to escape and inform the OOW. By the time the crew mustered the robbers had escaped with stolen ship's stores. Attempts to contact and report incident to port authority were unsuccessful. All crew safe.

Robbers boarded an anchored product tanker, stole ship's stores from the forward store and escaped unnoticed. The crew on duty noticed the theft and reported the incident to port control and coast guard.

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