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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Latest ICC CCS Piracy Report (to 21 Aug 2007)

Latest ICC CCS Piracy Report (to 21 Aug 2007) here. Highlights:
15.08.2007: 0130 UTC: Posn 05:51S – 013:24E, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Eight robbers armed with knives boarded a refrigerated cargo ship at anchor. They stole cargo and ship’s stores and escaped. No injuries to crew. Attempt to contact local agents via VHF were futile.

18.08.2007: 0135 LT: Tuticorin anchorage, India.
Robbers boarded a container ship at anchor. They stole ship's stores and escaped in a boat. Duty AB raised alarm and crew mustered. Coast guard informed.

3.08.2007: 1915 LT: Posn 04:14.3N – 099:04.7E, Malacca Straits.
Ten pirates armed with fire arms boarded a tug towing a barge laden with steel billets. The pirates damaged all communication equipments and stole crew personal belongings and ship’s documents. The master and chief engineer were kidnapped and taken ashore. The tug and barge have anchored at the destination port. The whereabouts of the master and chief engineer still unknown. Pirates have contacted owners to demand a ransom. Negotiations are underway.

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