The incidence of crime at sea and in ports, including armed robbery and piracy, continues to pose a threat to seafarers and shipping in many “hot spots”. The most recent incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) worldwide 24-hour Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following.
- A robber was spotted on a barge lowering a hose and escaping from a bulk carrier anchored at Caofeidian, China on 10 February. An investigation revealed that diesel oil had been stolen.
- Duty crew spotted a robber armed with a knife on board a tanker berthed at Monrovia, Liberia on 9 February. The alarm was sounded, and the robber escaped with stolen ship’s stores.
- A robber was spotted escaping from a tanker anchored at Belawan, Indonesia on 5 February. A search revealed ship’s property was missing.
- Duty crew spotted an unlit barge alongside their ore carrier anchored at Jingtang, China on 29 January and raised the alarm. Two masked robbers were seen escaping, but nothing was reported stolen.