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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Latest ICC CCS Weekly Piracy Report (to 17 Sept 07)

ICC Commercial Crime Services Piracy Report to 17 Sept 07 here:
3.09.2007: 0550 UTC: Posn: 18:33.9N - 072:23.0W: Port au Prince, Haiti.
Robbers, armed with knives, boarded an anchored general cargo ship unnoticed. Ship's general alarm sounded and crew mustered. Robbers jumped overboard and escaped with ship's stores. Attempt to contact local authorities were futile.

12.09.2007: 0350 LT: Bonny River anchorage, Nigeria.
Five robbers, in two motor boats, armed with guns and knives boarded an anchored chemical tanker from the bow using ropes and hooks. Duty crew spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. The robbers broke the padlock on the forward store and stole ship's stores and escaped. Bonny signal station was called many times but did not respond. Master requested for additional guards from agents.

12.09.2007: 0850 UTC: Posn: 01:36.0N - 050:12.5E, Somalia.
A container ship underway, sighted a suspicious craft at distance of 7.5nm with a speed of 12 knots. Ship took evasive manoeuvres to avoid craft but craft altered course and tried to approach the ship. The ship increased speed, altered course and alerted the crew. Due to ship's higher speed the distance between the craft and ship increased.
Description of craft: Hull - dark blue, superstructure - white, length - 50 meters, type - big fishing vessel, a small speedboat - colour orange hanging outboard.

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