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The Situation - IMO Reports

  • Bangladesh : Although the number of attacks has fallen, the area is still listed as very high risk. Pirates are targeting ships preparing to anchor. Most attacks reported at Chittagong anchorages and approaches.
  • Indonesia : Anambas/Natuna island area, Belawan. Pirates armed with guns and knives. Generally be vigilant in other areas. Many attacks may have gone unreported.
  • India : Kandla. Most ships were attacked while at anchor.
  • Malacca straits : Although the number of attacks has dropped due to the increase and constant patrols by the littoral states relevant Authorities since July 2005, ships are advised to continue maintaining a strict anti piracy watch when transiting the straits.
  • Philippines : Manila - Pirates target ships at anchor.
  • Singapore Straits : Only one reported incident in the last quarter, but vessels are advised to continue to be vigilant and maintain anti piracy watch. In the past pirates seen attacking ships while at anchor and underway (Source IMO)

linerPirates find rich pickings in Asian shipping lanes - The Guardian (London)

Russell Barling, 2 Feb. 2001

The Guardian reported on the fate of the The Global Mars, an ageing, tanker bound for India with 6,000 tonnes of palm oil products, in the Malacca Strait, steaming north-west at 12 knots into the Andaman Sea, off the coast of Thailand an unlit fishing vessel glided up to the ship's stern. Then, "A masked man threw a shrouded grappling hook over the rail and clambered aboard, lowering a rope to the many waiting hands below. Within minutes the pirates, masked and armed with guns and metre-long swords, had rounded up the 18 startled sailor, bound and blindfolded them, and transferred them to the hold of the waiting boat."

According to The Guardian the pirates then "anchored the Global Mars at sea, repainted her, renamed her Bulawan, and sailed her into a preselected port, carrying forged identity papers and flying a Honduran flag, to unload 3,500 tonnes of their booty."

After 12 days the crew were dumped into an open boat and set adrift with minimal rations, they were found five days later off the coast of Phuket.

In 2000 72 crew and passengers were killed in pirate attacks, 40 of them in south-east Asia, according to the International Maritime Bureau's annual report on piracy for 2000, 26 people are missing.


in the news: Asia

In high seas and heavy rain, the supertanker Kasagisan was steaming through the Malacca Strait in February when it was suddenly surrounded by six small boats. The crew of the vessel, heading from Saudi Arabia to Japan with a cargo of oil, sprayed the pirate boats with the tanker's fire hose, sounded its sirens and initiated evasive manoeuvres.

With the weather worsening, the pirates retreated. But the botched attack, one of at least 71 actual or attempted incidents of piracy in Asia recorded by shipping monitors in the first nine months of 2008, shows it is not only Somali pirates who have the audacity to threaten even the world's biggest tankers.

Reuters 19 Nov 2008

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