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For the shipping industry and the seafarer, Piracy remains a particular scourge which needs high level Government and UN support in concert with legitimate Professional Navies to defeat piracy in areas such as Somalia.  Intercargo pays tribute to both the professional navies who have achieved so much in support of the seafarer and world trade, but also the Masters and Crews of vessels, who it was estimated in June 2009, were responsible through their evasive actions in averting 78 % of all attacks.

Intercargo and our Round Table colleagues have actively participated and promoted through the IMO and elsewhere, Best Management Practices (BMP’s) which give advice to Masters and Companies on how best to avoid seizure by Pirates.  These matters are kept under review by a small dedicated Intercargo Correspondence Group comprised of Intercargo Bulk Carrier companies who assist and advise the secretariat and Executive Committee on anti-piracy strategy and reaction to proposed policy developments.

Recent News - Advice & Guidance

20130618 : Human Element / Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP): 

Launch of the Oceans Beyond Piracy “The Human Cost of Maritime Piracy 2012” Report took place in London on 18 June.

The Report, which updates the previous 2011 study, looks not only at the human cost of Somali Piracy, but for the first time, examines the threat of piracy to seafarers in the waters off West Africa.

The detailed Report was developed through the combined efforts of the OBP project of One Earth Future Foundation, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP).


20121011 : Dhow and Fishing Vessel Recognition Guidance

The NATO Shipping Centre has recently produced three new Guides to help ship's crews distinguish and identify different local vessel types, while transiting the High Risk Area. The Guides cover both dhows and fishing vessels that can be encountered in the HRA.

They can be downloaded free of charge at the NATO Shipping Centre's website at : http://www.shipping.nato.int/

20120718 : Human Element / Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP):

Intercargo attended, and participated in the panel discussion for the Oceans Beyond Piracy / IMB launch of their 2011 “Human Cost of Somali Piracy” report at IMO on 22 June.

The Report centres on the August 2011 “Washington Declaration” at which Panama, Liberia, the Marshall Islands and Bahamas, pledge as “concerned flag states” to redouble their efforts to encourage other flag states to support accurate relevant reporting to the IMB and is divided into two parts – 1. An in-depth statistical analysis of the hijackings in 2011 and 2. Evidence from captured seafarers concerning their treatment at the hands of the pirates.

Intercargo and the ITF co-sponsored an IMB paper together with the Marshall Islands, Panama and Liberia drawing attention to this important issue at the IMO MSC meeting in May.

OBP and IMB report

20120626 : IMO Interim Flag State Guidance

Following the IMO MSC90 meeting (16-25 May 2012), IMO MSC Circular 1444 providing 'Interim Guidance for Flag States on Measures to Prevent and Mitigate Somalia-Based Piracy', has now been produced.

In the main, the Circular acts as an aide memoire to flag administrations by listing the substantial, existing industry and IMO guidance that has already been produced, to enable administrations to easily collate and incorporate it into their own counter-piracy strategy. 

20120620 : IMO Interim PMSC Guidance

Following the IMO MSC90 meeting (16-25 May 2012), IMO MSC Circular 1443 providing 'Interim Guidance for Private Maritime Security Companies Providing Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel on Board Ships in the High Risk Area', has now been issued.

The Circular can be found here: MSC Circ. 1443

20120529 : UKMTO Advice

The UKMTO have asked for immediate feedback from ships transiting the HRA/GoA that feel that they are either threatened or in danger of being attacked, and we remind members that the UKMTO should be the first point of contact in such circumstances; any delay in contacting the UKMTO will delay any potential military response.

The UKMTO have recently observed that some ship’s masters are choosing to phone their CSO first in the event of a piracy incident. One of the fundamental requirements of BMP4 states that UKMTO is the primary point of contact for merchant vessels during piracy incidents in the High Risk Area which should avoid unnecessary delay and possible inaccurate or incomplete information reaching military commanders.

CSOs should ensure their ships’ security plan reinforces the BMP4 recommendation that UKMTO should be telephoned on +971 50 55 23215 in the event of any piracy activity. UKMTO will then make every effort to contact the CSO as a matter of priority with any information received, whilst ensuring the relevant information reaches the military commanders with the minimum of delay.

20120209 : The Economic Cost of Somali Piracy 2011 Report

As a follow up to their initial study released in January 2011, the One Earth Future Foundation's 'Oceans Beyond Piracy' study 'The Economic Cost of Somali Piracy' has now been further updated and re-released in a 2011 edition. The aim of the study is to assess all the main factors involved that contribute overall to the costs of piracy to the industry.

The study continues to be a 'live' project and many of the assumptions and projections made, may be inaccurate owing to the diverse number of information sources involved. Therefore, the 'One Earth Future Foundation' has requested input and comment where appropriate from industry to help improve the overall accuracy of the study.

A copy of the study can be found here: ECOP Full Report 2011

20120111 : UKMTO Reminder

UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) have advised that while transiting the High Risk Area, some ships are either delaying reporting suspicious skiff or small craft activity, or are advising the UKMTO of such activity by email only. Delays in reporting such important information may mean an increased risk to other ships in the vicinity and make it difficult for warships to investigate the perceived risk.

Masters are reminded that the fastest means of communications must be used and that any suspicious sightings or aggressive approaches should be reported to the UKMTO via telephone (+971 505 523 215), following up with an email report and any photographs, if available.

20111214 : Recent Improvements to the NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) Website

In early October, an RSS feed was added to the site. The RSS feed is a feature that automatically publishes updates to subscribers. Users can subscribe to the RSS feed and stay updated on Navigational Warnings and Alerts on the Somali Pirate Alert Map, and will receive an RSS update on a specific activity, on mobile phone and/or email, as soon as there is a new Alert.

In addition, the Pirate Attack Group (PAG) map has also been improved. New legends and text boxes with position/time/date for the specific activity have been incoporated. The background of the map has also been changed to include the whole High Risk Area as defined in BMP4.

NATO prides itself on providing accurate and reliable information, and welcomes any feedback that users may have.

20111128 : Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP)

Documents produced by the MPHRP relating to the “good practice” guides for use by shipping companies to support both seafarers and seafarers’ families through the three phases of a piracy incident are now available for download from their website at http://www.mphrp.org/MPHRP-Good-Practice-Guide.pdf

This is the full version of the Guide with the Guide for Seafarers, the Guide for Seafarers' Families and all accompanying appendices and other pages included.

20111007 : The SOS ‘SaveOurSeafarers’ industry-led, anti-piracy campaign has launched a short video highlighting the human and economic cost of Somali piracy. The six-minute video highlights the significant threat of Somali piracy attacks for the seafaring community and potentially for world trade itself.

The SOS campaign, launched in March this year, is made up of the largest ever grouping of international seafarers’ organisations, shipping companies and shipping industry associations, including Intercargo, and has already received backing from the British, Philippine and Georgian governments and has seen support from 180 countries.

Full information on the campaign and the video can be found at www.saveourseafarers.com

20111007 : DVD – Piracy: The Menace at Sea

To compliment the launch of BMP4, the Steamship Mutual P&I with the support of a number of industry associations, including Intercargo, has produced a DVD which not only highlights the importance of full implementation of the advice contained in BMP4, but is also intended to bring the issue of piracy to the attention of a wider audience. As with BMP4, every Intercargo Member will receive a copy of the DVD as part of an information pack, shortly. For further information, please refer to the Steamship Mutual website at www.simsl.com

20111006 : Guidance on the construction and use of citadels

Industry has produced Guidelines aimed at giving guidance on the construction and use of citadels for ships in waters affected by Somali based pirates. The document was produced by the Round Table partners – INTERTANKO, BIMCO, ICS and Intercargo - as well as other industry associations, and has been approved by NATO, EUNAVFOR and the Combined Maritime Force (CMF).

The Guidance is available for download from the MSCHOA website at: www.mschoa.org

For security purposes, the document is only accessible for download upon completion of registration on the MSCHOA website.

Users should check the MSCHOA website regularly for updates to the Guidance.

20111006 : Intercargo will again discuss and debate the issue of piracy at its members only meeting in Athens, next week.  Specific topics on the agenda will include Armed Guards, BMP4 and the design aspects of citadel construction.

20111005 : Following the recent release of BMP4, Intercargo has amended and re-printed its "Bulk Carrier BMP Aware" Stickers to reflect the updated advice contained in the booklet. The stickers have been produced to encourage ships to make the linkage between the advice contained in the Best Management Practice Guidelines and their own shipboard operations.  Also contained on the stickers are the contact details for UKMTO and MSCHOA.  Any Bulk Carrier owner - irrespective of whether they are a member of Intercargo or not who would like copies of these free of charge stickers, should contact zoe.sakka"AT" intercargo.org [with the "AT" replaced by the conventional @ symbol to avoid spam email].  

20110816 : The new, improved NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) website went live today, providing more comprehensive and timely information for the shipping community about pirate activity around the Horn of Africa. The web address remains www.shipping.nato.int

20110816 : The latest version of Best Management Practices, BMP4 is attached below, and industry Associations are currently working on a co-ordinated release of the publication. Meanwhile, we continue to emphasize the importance that all Masters and Shipping Companies are strongly urged to follow the advice and guidance contained in BMP4:

Industry Best Management Practice Version 4 low res.pdf

20110301 : Intercargo endorses and supports the www.saveourseafarers.com initiative.  Please visit this site to add your support to the campaign to eradicate piracy.

20110228 : Intercargo will discuss and debate the issue of piracy at its members only meeting in Hong Kong on 8 March 2011.  On the agenda for discussion - Armed Guards, BMP and Self Protection Measures, Human Element, Legal issues; Motherships, and galvanising political and public support.  Intercargo's Piracy Correspondence Group has been asked for its views as input for this meeting.

20110203 : Intercargo was pleased to be an invited guest at IMO's 2011 World Maritime Day annual theme, entitled - Piracy : IMO Orchestrating the Response.  The presence of the UN Secretary General, Mr Ban ki Moon, together with other key international figures outlined the outrage felt by the civilised world about the recent escalation in violence towards seafarers.

20100630 : The latest version of Best Management Practice, BMP 3, has now been released. All Masters and Shipping Companies are strongly urged to follow the advice and guidance contained in the latest version of the BMP, below:

20091224 : Intercargo has printed some "Bulk Carrier BMP Aware" Stickers to encourage ships to make the linkage between the advice contained in the Best Management Practice Guidelines and their own shipboard operations.  Also contained on the stickers are the contact details for UKMTO, MSCHOA and MARLO.  Any Bulk Carrier owner - irrespective of whether they are a member of Intercargo or not who would like copies of these free of charge stickers, should contact zoe.sakka"AT" intercargo.org [with the "AT" replaced by the conventional @ symbol to avoid spam e mail].  Subject to demand, Intercargo, will arrange for the stickers to be produced in languages other than English, with the first languages expected to be Greek, Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic and Tagalog.

20091113 : Routeing and Reporting advice from EUNAVFOR, NATO and CMF :

Merchant shipping is advised that recent piracy attacks have occurred outside the current pirate activity area which is bordered by 60 East and 10 South.  Some attacks have been successfully averted by the vessels complying with the industry Best Management Practices (BMP), proper use of Self Protection Measures, and utilising the usual good practice of seamanship.  In view of the vast area bounded by 60 East and 10 South it is imperative that Merchant Shipping comply with the BMP, in order to prevent piracy attacks as much as possible. Regular reporting of ships' positions to UKMTO Dubai ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) when entering the reporting area bound by Suez, 10S and 78E will improve the situational awareness of the military forces.  It is essential that ships harden themselves against attacks, and maintain 24/7 piracy watches throughout their voyage through the Indian Ocean. Therefore the best advice is to be vigilant and to act promptly when approached by small craft. The BMP can be accessed via any shipping association web site.

Recent News - Attacks and Seizures

1.  Hijacked ships and seafarers - statistics

Statistics : Piracy activity 2010 to date : believed correct to 21July 2013

Ships / Seafarers CURRENTLY HELD : Latest position as at UKMTO 21.7.13 plus recent updates @ 22.7.13



0 1 ship –  


3 Fishing Vessels/dhows etc but not yachts

TOTAL : 3 vessels

1 – omits “Iceberg 1” and now sunken, Albedo

Hijacked ships are :- (No Bulk Carriers) :-

TOTAL 0 / 22

22 seafarers 1,


44 (approx) FV, dhow, yacht etc seafarers 2

TOTAL : 66 seafarers (approx)

1 - includes 7 crew retained by pirates after release on Asphalt Venture. Includes 15 crew ex sunken Albedo (these crew numbers subject to official confirmation)

2 – excludes  individuals kidnapped from Kenya; allegedly by Somali based pirates

Includes : 4 with no vessels (4 ex Prantalay 12;

Somalia-linked 2010 (IMB)

218 attacks (2009:217)

49 hijacks (2009 : 47)

1,016 seafarers seized of which 8 killed (2009:867)

Somalia-linked 2011 (IMB)

237 attacks

28 hijacks

468 seafarers seized of which 15 killed

Somalia-linked 2012 (IMB) 

75 attacks

14 hijacks


Somalia-linked 2013 (1Q2013) – IMB

20 attacks

4 hijacks

All hijacks against Fishing Vessels

Seized ships, Somalia: 31.12.11

(UKMTO; exl dhows, fishing vessels)


6 ships

158 seafarers

List of dhows, FVs held @ 21.7.13 plus recent changes @ 22.7.13

Note : Yachts, as non-commercial vessels are no longer noted as vessels seized in these statistics; but the crew are counted.

Abdi Khan (16.4.11 : est 3: Yemen FV)

Naham 3 (26.3.12 : est 29 : Taiwan FV)

Al Fardous (13.2.11)

8 : Yemen FV





Global (IMB) 2010 – incidents including armed robbery

445 attacks

53 hijacks

1,181 hostages taken

Global (IMB) 2011 – incidents including armed robbery

439 attacks

45 hijacks

802 hostages taken

Global (IMB) 2012 – incidents including armed robbery

297 attacks

28 hijacks

585 hostages taken

Global (IMB) 2013 – incidents including armed robbery : 1Q2013

66 attacks

4 hijacks

75 hostages taken

Dry Bulk : since Jan 2008 up to and incl Eglantine @ 27.3.12


39 ships

886 seafarers


Ships seized off Somalia in 2010 – chronological order by seizure

 (Excluding fishing vessels, dhows, yachts and non Deep Sea trading vessels)

Ship name

(Held in Bold)


(B/C Held in Bold)





Flag / Crew / Held in Bold

Remarks (O=owned; M=Managed)


Chem T




Sgp / 24

O. Indon. 12.30N / 47.17E

Asian Glory

Car C




UK / 26

620nm off Somalia. 10.48N / 61.54 E


Gen C




N.Kr/ 17

Recaptured by crew. Poss later sank. Outside IRTC, S of Yemen coast.  Not reg ; EUNAVFOR/UKMTO

Al Nisr al Saudi





Saudi /14

On dpt Aden Port. Bunkering tanker. Not reg with authorities and outside IRTC.

UBT Ocean

Chem T




M.I / 21

09.12S/044.20E.  M-Sgp


Bulk C




Mal / 21

1727N/05642E. O-Tur (1000 miles off Somalia)

Iceberg 1

Ro Ro




Pan / 24



O. Dubai. 3O died in October after jumping overboard under strain  13.15 N / 46.40 E

Crew – 9 Yem, 6 Indian, 1 Filipino, 4 Ghanaian, 2 Sudanese, 2 Pakistani. Cargo – gen equipment for UAE.  Vessel grounded. Owners Dubai






Ber / 22

120nm off Oman 17.27 / 56.42E

Samho Dream





M.I / 24

08.21 N/65.00 E.  O-Korean

Yasin C

Bulk C




Tur / 25

Release helped by mech prob? 04.59S / 043.52E

Rak Afrikana

Gen C




St V / 26


May have sunk on release

VOC Daisy

Bulk C




Pan / 21

1625N 05718E.  O-Gre


Marida Marguerite

Chem T




MI / 22

120nm S off Salalah.  O-Ger


Chem T




Bul / 15

In IRTC. C100nm East of Aden. Poss en route for scrap

Eleni P

Bulk C




Lib / 23

M-Gre 15.55N / 60.50E

QSM Dubai

Gen C




Pan / 24

Recaptured by Puntland forces. Seized IRTC

Golden Blessing

Chem T




Sgp / 19

O. Chi  Approx 90nm off N Somali Coast


Chem T




M.I / 18

Used as Mothership. Seized N of Bal al Mandab Strait. 13.16N/042.56E


Gen C




Pan / 22

Seized in IRTC. 13.02N/048.54E

Multinationals – incl 6 Indians

Syria Star

Bulk C




St V/ 24

13.11N/049.04E.  O. Syria

Olib G

Chem T




Mal / 18




O. Gre – vessel en route to be broken up. In IRTC (East end)

15 Georgian; 3 Turkish

Asphalt Venture

Asp. T




Pan / 15


07:09S – 040:59E

Crew – Indian; South Africa to Kenya

Vessel was released but 7 crew retained by Somalis as hostages contrary to agreed terms


Bulk C




Pan / 20

Used as Mothership 0328S 04049E . O-Japan


Gas T




Sgp / 18

04.10S/ 041.1E

When released, took crew of RAK Africana to Mombassa. Crew of York ex Germany, Ukraine and Phil was 17 – orig thought 18.






Lib / 24

Used as Mothership

1223N 06477E

Phil 16; Montenegro 4; Greece 3; 1 Romania

Hannibal II

Chem T




Pan / 30

Used as Mothership

1126N 06605E

Yuan Xiang

Gen C




Pan / 29

O-Chi 1727N 06507E

Crew – 29 Chinese






Malay / (23)




0538N 06827E; O. Malaysia;

Mombasa-Jebel Ali

Crew ex Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka (7 Pakistani crew released 30.7.12)

Jahan Moni

Bulk C




Bang / 26

0812N 07155E

MSC Panama





Lib / 23

80nm E of Tanzania/Moz border

23 Myanmar


Bulk C




Pan / 24


Crew – Filipino


Bulk C




Pan / 19




0142S 06052E;  O. UAE. S.Africa-India

Crew – 18 Syr, 1 Sri Lanka

(when released, 6 crew = 5Syr and 1 Sri Lankan held behind)

Thor Nexus

Gen C




Thai / 27

O-Thai. 1601N 06012E

Crew – Thai

Ems River

Gen C




Ant / 8

Citadel used but unsuccessful. Gulf of Aden. 1810N 05750E.

Petcoke : Jebel Ali-Greece


Ships seized off Somalia in 2011 – chronological order by seizure

Ship name

(Held in Bold)


(B/C Held in Bold)




Flag / Crew / Held in bold



Bulk C




Alg / 27

O – Alg; M – Gre;

Registered with MSCHOA but no UKMTO report 150nm SE Salalah

Crew – Algerian, Ukr (6), Filipino


Gen C



(Crew taken, not ship)

Den / 6



Citadel allegedly used but  unsuccessfully. Ship carrying arms – crew seized (2 Danes, 4 Filipinos) but ship left.

Samho Jewelry

Ch Tanker




Malt / 21

2158N 06350E.  O. Kor

8. S.Kor, 2 Indon, 11 Myan

Retaken by Korean special forces


Bulk C




Cyp / 24

M. Perosa (Gre). All Filipino.

Jordan to India.  C 500 miles SW of Oman.  Technically released on 24/4 but off Somalia until final release.

Hoang Son Sun

Bulk C




Mong / 24

O. Vietnam. C520 miles SE of Muscat.  Crew – 24 Vietnamese

Not registered or reporting

Khaled Muhieddine K

Bulk C




Togo / 25

O. Syr. 1511N 05938E

Crew – 22 Syrian, 3 Egyptian

Beluga Nomination

Gen C




Ant / 12 (9)

O. German. 01.49N – 056.35E. Citadel used but unsuccessfully. 2 Crew members murdered; 1 drowned trying to escape

Crew – 2 Russ, 1 Ukr, 1 Polish, 7 Filipino

Savina Caylyn





It / 22



O. Italian. 5 Italians; 17 Indian

Registered and reported correctly; 1210N 06600E

Irene SL





Gre / 25

7Gre; 17 Filipino, 1 Georg

2127N 06318E.  Registered and reported.


Bulk C




Malt / 23

O. Iranian. 10 Iranian, 13 Indian

Fujiarah-Singapore2014N 06419E

Not registered, not reporting


Bulk C




Pan / 24

O. Gre. 10 Filipino,8 Malaysian, 3 Romanian, 1 Russian.2 Ukr, 1848N 05826E. Registered and reporting. Pakistan to Yemen (Salif)

Sinar Kudus

Gen C





O. Indon. Crew – Indonesian

1421N 05925E






UAE / 29

O. UAE – Arab Maritime Petroleum 1535N 05710E

Registered and Reporting. 17 Pakistanis, 3 Jordanians, 2 Ukr, 1 Cro, 1 Iraqi, 1 Filipino, 1 Indian. Sudan to Singapore.

Susan K

Gen C




Ant / 10

O. German. 1825N 05727E

4 Ukr and 6 Filipino. 35 miles off Oman. India to Port Sudan. Registered and reporting.  Citadel use NOT deemed effective

Rosalia D’Amato

Bulk C




It / 21

Brazil to Iran. Soya. 6 It / 15 Filipino. 1317N 05906E.  Registered and reporting


Ch/Oil P Tanker




Sgp / 25



Malaysia to Mombassa. O. Singaporean. 4 Kor; 13 Indon; 3 Myanmar; 5 Chinese. Registered and reporting.  4 Kor held after release

Jubba XX





UAE / 16

O/M. Jubba General Trading Co (Sharjah). IMO No. 7916260

12 unknown incl Bangladesh, Sudan, Myanmar, Kenya and 4 Somalis.  UAE to Somaliland.  Approx position 13:48N-051:25E

Fairchem Bogey

Ch Tanker




M.I / 21



Crew : Indian Two miles off the Omani port of Salalah whilst at anchorage. Armed Guards had been dropped whilst in territorial waters.China to Saudi Arabia.  M.Anglo Eastern

Liquid Velvet






M.I / 22



21 Filipino, 1 Greek.  Citadel breached.  Unarmed security consultant on board. Hijacked in IRTC, 55nm SE Aden.  Suez-PoD India. O.Greek.

Enrico Ievoli


Ch Tanker




Ital / 18




6 Italian, 7 Indian, 5 Ukrainian

1818N 05736E. Reportedly transiting to join convoy but with no security or citadel on board. Caustic Soda. O.Italy.UAE to Med


Ships seized off Somalia in 2012 – chronological order by seizure

Ship name

(Held in Bold)


(B/C Held in Bold)




Flag / Crew / Held in bold


Free Goddess

Bulk C




Lib / 21



21 Filipinos. 1603N 06226E

Steel coil from Egypt to Singapore

1603N 06226E.  Released 11.10.12.  O.Greek


Ro Ro




Pan / 17




1904N 05808E at 0227Z on 18 Feb 12. Owners-UAE, Cargo -Somaliland

Royal Grace

Ch Tanker




Pan / 22




021447ZMAR12.  Dubai owners. 21227N 06237E. IMO 8410407. Dubai owners; Crew- India x17, Pakistan x1, Bangladesh x1, Nigeria x3.  Maiden voyage to Nigeria


Bulk C




Bol / 23



260330ZMAR 12. 0700N 06949E.  Owned by Iranian interests.  IMO 9193202.  Sugar ex Rio.  Closer to India than Somalia.  11 Iranian; 10 Filipino; 1 Indian; 1 Ukrainian.

Crew reportedly released by Iran Forces after 2 day gunfight.






Lib / 26



1558N 06103E

approximately  285nm SSE of Masirah at 0930Z 10 May 12

IMO 9493779. 14 Filipino, 11 Indian, 1 Romanian. O.Greece. Turkey to Borneo (Indonesia)

2. Historical data relating to Bulk Carriers seized

(From January 2008 to December 2009, 21 Bulk Carriers and 472 of their seafarers were seized).

Navios Apollon - Greece - 9211145 - 20091228 / 20100228 - 800 miles off Somalia, 03 22S; Long 59 44 E - 19 seafarers (1 Greek / 18 Filipino) - Tampa to India (fertiliser) [63 days under seizure]

Al-Khaliq - Panama - 8307155 - 20091022 / 20100209 - 0429S 05226EE - 26 seafarers (24 Indians and 2 Burmese) - Indian interests

De Xin Hai - China - 9364758 - 20091019 / 20091228 - 0153N 06005E - 25 seafarers (Chinese)

Ariana - Malta - 8014150 - 20090502 / 20091212 - 07.19S, 052.11E -  24 Ukrainian seafarers - Greek/UK interests, soya Brazil to Middle East

Filitsa - Marshall Islands - 9136929 -  20091111/ 20100201 - 00 36S 062 40E - 22 crew (3 Greek Officers and 19 Filipino) - Greek owned

Delvina - Marshall Islands - 9384796 - 20091105 / 20091217 - 09 44S 045 52E - 21 crew (7 Ukrainians and 14 Filipinos) - Greek owned

Horizon I - Turkish - 7625732 - 20090708 / 20091005 - Aden Bay, 23 crew -

Irene E M - St Vincent - 7433593 - 20090414 / 20090913 - 12.51 N, 048.11E - 22 Filipino seafarers - Greek managed

Patriot - Malta -  20090425 / 20090520 - Gulf of Aden, 150 nm off Mukalla - 17 seafarers - Grain

Malaspina Castle - Panama - 20090406 / 20090509 12:33N – 049:02E - 24 seafarers (1 Rus, 2 Ukr, 16 Bulg, 4 Filipino, 1 Indian) - Iron Ore

Saldanha - Malta - 200902022 / 20090425 - 12:33.98N - 047:01.32E - 22 seafarers (2 Rom, 1 Ukr, 19 Filipino) - Greek Managers, coal from Newcastle NSW to Koper 

Titan - St Vincent - 20090315 / 20090415 - Aden Bay - 24 seafarers - Iron Ore Black Sea to Korea -

Delight - Hong Kong - 20081118 / 20090112 - 25 seafarers (Iranian) - Grain ex China to Bandar Abbas

African Sanderling -  Panama - 20081015 / 20090112 - 14.02N / 050.07E -  21 seafarers (Filipino) - ex Jordan with Fertilisers

Yasa Nesilhan - Turkish -  20081030 / 20090106 - 13.00N / 046.40E - 20 seafarers (Turkish) - Iron ore Canada to China

Capt Stefanos - Bahamas - 20080921 / 20081206 -02.30N / 51.59E - 19 seafarers (17 Filipino, 1 Chinese, I Ukr) - Coal

Great Creation - Hong Kong - 20080918 / 20081119  - 14.13N – 49.59E - 25 crew (23 China, 1 Hong Kong, 1 Sri Lanka) - Chinese owned, HK managed, coal ex Tunisia to India

Centauri - Malta - 7701354 - 20080918 / 20081128 - 02.22.22N-50.55.26E - 26 Filipino - Salt, Tunisia to Mombassa 

Bright Ruby - Korea - 20080910 / 20081016 - 21 crew (8 Korean, 13 Burmese) - Korean interests 

Iran Deyanat - Iran - 20080821 / 20081010 - 28 crew (3 Indina, 2 Russ, 2 Pakistan, 1 Syria, 20 Iran) - Nanjing to Netherlands with bauxite, alumina etc

Stella Maris - Panama - 20080720 / 20081011 - “Off Calula" - 18 Filipino crew - Lead and Zinc / Townsville – Spain and UK

3.  Other recent attacks and hijackings (attack details shown here for max two weeks)

Recent attacks will be added here soon.

4.  Significant Bulk Carrier attacks (Other than Gulf of Aden)

20110318 : At about 0300, the Bulk Carrier Cape Med was attacked by men in four small boats in 01 05 N 103 35 E.  The vessel took evasive action and afater about 30 minues, the pirates broke off their attack.

20100817 : The Bulk Carrier Bet Fighter was attacked by pirates on 17 Aug 2010 at 3 Deg 05 N, 105 Deb 07 E, about 28nm NW of Pulau Mangkai.  Cash, stores, and crew belongings were stolen.  The crew had been threatened with knives.

20100702 : (Following news has been supplied by GAC World) A maritime security alert has been issued for the Gulf of Guinea following a forecast rise in political tensions on the land, as well as an attack on two cargo ships on 2 July. The BBC Polonia, a German flagged cargo ship was one of two ships making their way to Onne port near Port Harcourt when it was attacked. One person was killed and twelve hostages were taken during the incident. The hostages were eventually released on 4 July near Bonny Island in the south of Rivers state but it is not clear if a ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

20100612 : Bulk Carrier "Trans Pacific" (IMO 9283643) was attacked by piirates in the vicinity of Pulau Mangkai (3.49.8 N; 105.46.87E) Indonesia. Eight robbersn boarded from a speedboat, tied up the Master and the crew and ransacked the crew quarters, stealing personal belongings. There have been five incidents in this area since January 2010.  (Information supplied by ReCaap).

20100510 : Bulk Carrier "Performer" - While anchored in the southeast of Tanjung Ayam, Malaysia, six to seven armed robbers boarded the vessel.  It was noted that nothing was stolen from the vessel and none of the crew was injured. This is the seventh reported incident in the vicinity since January 2010.  (Source : ReCaap)

20100409 : Bulk Carrier Star Ypsilon was robbed by seven armed men approximately 20nm northwest of Pulau Jemanja while underway and at night.  Another vessel had been robbed at a similar location two days before.  ReCaap advises that vessels are most at risk from attacks at the stern and that additional watches should be considered.  Vessels which have been attacked are urged to immediately contact the nearest coastal state and the relevant authorities.

Intercargo Policy

  • To work within the Round Table and the IMO / United Nations to end  piracy in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere.
  • To receive reports from members on their response to the situation, including possible operational responses such as routing via the Cape and BMP practices designed to deter attacks.
  • To impress on all authorities, the need to maintain sufficient naval capability to support the UN objectives of stabilising the region and supporting the World Food Programme, where Intercargo members have a strong involvement in securing humanitarian aid to the region.
  • To seek every available means to secure a safe release of all  seafarers held hostage and to bring the pirates to justice.
  • The safety of seafarers remains Intercargo’s prime concern.

Intercargo is pleased to assist any Dry Bulk Shipowner, irrespective of Association Membership, who would like information about the latest version of the Industry Best Management Practices guidance.

All incidents including suspicious sightings should be immediately reported.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 09:16
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