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Friday, May 18, 2007

Latest ICC CCS Piracy Report (to 15 May 07)

Latest ICC Commercial Crime Services Piracy Report (to 15 May 07) is found here. Highlights include lots of thefts at anchorages and this:
10.05.2007: 1830 LT: Posn 03:18.0N - 123:33.0E, Indonesia.
A small-unidentified craft followed a bulk carrier, underway, at a distance of 2.5 miles. The small craft had its search light on and aimed at the stern and bridge preventing the crew from identifying the craft. The craft closed to eight cables and contacted the ship via VHF Ch 16 informing they were an Indonesian navy patrol boat. They asked the ship to slow down and asked what type of cargo was onboard. The master asked the craft to illuminate herself for identification. The craft replied that they only wanted to know what type of cargo was onboard. The master refused to slow down as he suspected a piracy attack. The master raised the alarm. The crew mustered and took anti-piracy measures. The craft closed to about six cables, then slowed down, and moved away.

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