IMO Piracy Report 2024

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The following acts of piracy and armed robbery are allegedly committed against ships during the month of January 2024, reported by IMO Member States or international organizations in consultative status, says an article published on safety4sea website.

In International Waters

  1. Product Tanker, Tuvalu
  • Six armed pirates boarded the tanker, opening fire on the bridge to gain access.
  • Nine crew members, including the Captain and Chief Engineer, were kidnapped but safely released later.
  1. Bulk Carrier, Liberia
  • Seven pirates boarded the ship in a skiff launched from a mother vessel, armed with machine guns and a rocket launcher.
  • Crew activated SSAS, mustered in citadel, and Indian navy warship responded, leading to the crew regaining control of the ship.
  1. Fishing Vessel, Sri Lanka
  • Three pirates hijacked the fishing vessel with six crew members onboard.
  • Sri Lankan authorities coordinated with Seychelles as the vessel headed in that direction.
  1. Fishing Vessel, Republic of Korea

Six armed pirates approached the fishing vessel but aborted their approach after warning shots were fired.

  1. Bulk Carrier, Liberia

Armed persons fired upon the ship, but the onboard armed security team’s response resulted in the skiff retreating.

In Territorial Waters

  1. Bulk Carrier, Singapore

Five perpetrators armed with long knives were spotted in the engine room, but they escaped before crew intervention.

  1. Bulk Carrier, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Six armed perpetrators were seen at the stern, stealing engine spare parts before escaping.

  1. Bulk Carrier, Panama

Five robbers armed with a knife boarded the ship, stole engine spare parts, and escaped.

  1. Bulk Carrier, Singapore

Six perpetrators armed with machetes boarded the ship, stole engine spare parts and a crew’s mobile phone.

In Port Area

  1. Special Purpose Ship, France

Three robbers boarded the anchored vessel, stole ship’s properties, and escaped.

  1. General Cargo Ship, Panama

Three robbers armed with guns and knives stole engine spare parts after taking the duty engine crew as hostage.

  1. Bulk Carrier, Portugal

Unauthorized individuals attempted to board the anchored ship but fled upon crew alert.

  1. Product Tanker, Nigeria

Five persons in a small fishing boat attempted to board the anchored tanker but fled upon crew alert.

  1. Oil Tanker, India

Suspicious activities were observed near the ship, prompting investigation by Indian Coast Guard upon arrival at port.

  1. Supply Ship, Liberia

Unauthorised persons boarded the anchored offshore supply ship, stole ship’s stores, and escaped.

  1. Chemical Tanker, Marshall Islands

Four perpetrators stole mooring ropes from the anchored ship before fleeing.

  1. Product Tanker, Liberia

Unauthorized persons attempted to board the anchored tanker but aborted the attempt upon crew alert.

  1. Oil Tanker, Bangladesh

Perpetrators in a country boat attempted to approach the ship but aborted the attempt and escaped.

  1. Supply Ship, Bahamas

Thieves boarded the anchored offshore supply vessel unnoticed, stole ship’s properties, and escaped.

  1. Product Tanker, Panama

An unauthorized person attempted to board the anchored tanker but aborted the attempt upon crew alert.

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Source: safety4sea

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