Our monthly Maritime Incident Report: October 2019, covering maritime security and incidents throughout the Indian Ocean, West Africa, South East Asia and South America, for the period 01/10/19-31/10/19.

Indian Ocean Overview

The ongoing saga between Iran and Saudi Arabia and their allies rumbled on this month with another incident causing more uncertainty in the region for shippers. On 11 October at around 0500 and around 60 miles off Jeddah, the Iranian oil tanker SABITI was reportedly hit twice by ‘missiles’ causing significant damage. The explosions hit the right side of the vessel’s hull creating holes measuring 50-150 centimetres and caused damage to the ships two main tanks, which resulted in an oil spill in the Red Sea. Iran has said the act was state sponsored but has not directly accused any nation, there has been no response from Saudi Arabia or any of the other players in the region.

In terms of Piracy, the Indian Ocean region has been inactive during this reporting period with one reported incident. It is highly likely that piracy activity will continue to be sporadic and infrequent. It remains the case that lower risk opportunities in other criminal enterprises such as the smuggling of people, narcotics, weapons and charcoal have likely reduced the appetite and desire for local actors to conduct piracy. However, the piracy attack of 21st April, coupled with a suspicious event on 3rd September, is a stark reminder that the threat from piracy is only suppressed, not eliminated.

1. VESSEL BOARDED
Date & Time: 30/10/2019 Location: Red Sea Lat: 15:00.0N Lon: 042:05.0E
Details: According to the MSCHOA, an incident involving two fishing vessels has reportedly been boarded by unknown armed personnel. Reported event is still under investigation and pending final classification. It has been reported that vessels are now safe. VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO KEEP WELL CLEAR OF THIS POSITION AND TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION IF IN VICINITY

West Africa Overview

This reporting period has seen a decrease in maritime crime and piracy compared to the previous month with only two boardings to report.

1. BOARDED
Date & Time: 05/10/2019 02:00:00 UTC Location: Lagos Secure Anchorage
Details: Duty security patrol onboard an anchored product tanker noticed three robbers on the forecastle and immediately informed the OOW, who raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. Incident reported to Nigerian Navy and a patrol boat arrived for investigation.

2. ABDUCTION
Date & Time: 08/10/2019 22:40:00 UTC Location: Pointe Noire Anchorage, The Congo
Details: Master onboard the anchored research vessel heard a sound near the forward and noticed one unknown person onboard. Master shouted and the person escaped. Emergency alarm raised and crew mustered. A boat wasseen departing the vessel with stolen ship’s store.

South East Asia Overview

During this reporting period there has been a significant decrease in maritime crime with only two reported incidents.

1. BOARDED
Date & Time: 05/10/2019 23:59:00 UTC Location: Johor Anchorage, Malaysia
Details: Unnoticed, robbers boarded an anchored tanker, stole ship’s properties and escaped. Duty crew on routine rounds noticed the theft and notified the OOW.

2. BOARDED
Date & Time: 19/10/2019 17:00:00 UTC Location: Singapore Straits
Details: Duty oiler on routine rounds onboard a bulk carrier underway was taken hostage by five robbers armed with a gun and knives. The robbers threatened the oiler and tied his hands. They then stole ships spares and escaped. The oiler reported the incident to the OOW who raised the alarm and notified Singapore VTIS.

South America Overview

This reporting period has seen two incidents of robbery whilst at anchor.

1. BOARDED
Date & Time: 12/10/2019 01:00:00 UTC Location: Port Au Prince Anchorage, Haiti
Details: During routine rounds, duty AB onboard an anchored ship was taken hostage by robbers armed with gunsand long knives. Alarm raised and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with stolen ship’s properties. Incident reported to Pilot Station.

2. BOARDED
Date & Time: 12/10/2019 07:30:00 UTC Location: Callao Anchorage, Peru
Details: Duty watchmen onboard an anchored tanker noticed three unauthorised persons on the forecastle deck and raised the alarm. The OOW, sounded the forward horn, raised the alarm, made and announcement on the PA and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the persons escaped in their boat. Further investigations indicated that the perpetrators opened the bosun store skylight but were unable to steal anything.

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At Priavo we understand the myriad of threats facing owners and operators today and deploy specialist teams for Super Yacht Security. Our operatives are all former members of the British Special Boat Service or ex-Royal Marine Commandos. They are highly trained, armed professionals in Maritime Security and provide both physical and electronic deterrence whilst on board – with experience of over 4,000 successful armed transits. Contact Us for more information.

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