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Robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored product tanker and took hostage the crew. They then threatened the crew to assist in the transfer of the bunkers into another vessel. During the oil transfer operation, the robbers went through the accommodation and store rooms stealing the personnel effects of the crew, ship’s equipment, engine spares, and provision stores. At around 0620 LT, the robbers disembarked from the tanker and warned the crew not to come to the deck for two hours. After around 30 minutes the crew members untied themselves and proceeded to the bridge and informed VTIS Singapore and their managers.

Four robbers armed with knives and iron rods boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the poop deck. Duty A/B on rounds noticed the robbers stealing ship's stores and informed the OOW. Alarm raised and as the A/B approached the robbers they jumped overboard and escaped with their accomplices into their boats. Port control informed.

Six robbers in three unlit boats approached an anchored general cargo ship twice in around 30 minutes. The boats hid behind the bunker barge before approaching the vessel from the port and starboard sides. On both occasions the boats were unsuccessful due to the vigilance of the crew, hardening of the vessel and the presence of security personal. On reporting to port control a navy boat was sent out for inspection.

Robbers boarded an anchored crude oil tanker, stole ship's stores from the forward store and escaped unnoticed. The crew on duty noticed the forward store door open and observed two boats moving away from the tanker. The incident was reported to port control and CSO.

Armed pirates in two speed boats, seven in one boat and three in the other, boarded an anchored bulk carrier. Alert crew raised the alarm, mustered and started approaching the robbers who were seen escaping. No injuries to crew.

Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored ship via the poop deck. They attacked and took hostage the duty A/B and stole engine spares. When the A/B failed to respond to the radio calls the duty officer raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping.

Robbers boarded a berthed product tanker unnoticed. They stole ship's properties and escaped. The theft was noticed by crew doing routine ship search after departure.

Robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier carrying out loading operations via a barge. The robbers attacked and tied up the Bosun on his routine rounds of the forecastle. They stole personal effects of the bosun, broke into and stole ships stores from the forward locker. The robbers were noticed by alert Master and crew on bridge who raised the alarm resulting in the robbers escaping.

Robbers boarded and stole ship's stores from an anchored LPG tanker unnoticed. The theft was noticed by ship's crew during routine day work. Alarm raised, crew mustered and a search was carried out. Port authority informed.

10-12 robbers armed with guns and knives in two boats approached and came alongside a container ship underway during a river passage. Duty crew at aft station noticed the boats and reported to the Master on bridge who raised the alarm, activated the SSAS and mustered all crew inside the accommodation. The robbers boarded the vessel, tied up the shore security guard and broke into four containers on deck. The robbers managed to steal the shore security guard's personal properties and some cargo from the containers before escaping. Pilot reported the incident to Guayaquil port control.

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