28/05/2019 LC Posn -3.64 – 114.512

A bulk carrier has been boarded by armed intruders while waiting in the Taboneo Anchorage, off Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) piracy reporting centre said seven intruders carrying knives boarded the vessel shortly after dark on May 23.

They threatened the bulker’s crew, stole ship’s property and escaped.

The Indonesian authorities were informed and a patrol boat was sent to investigate.

There is a history of vessels being boarded by thieves at the Taboneo Anchorage.

In February 2019 two intruders were seen trying to board a bulk carrier by climbing the anchor chain.

In March 2018 six intruders armed with knives were spotted on the deck of an anchored bulker. They fled when an alarm was raised.

There were also reports of boardings and attempted boardings in 2016 and 2017.

Crews should be vigilant while in the anchorage and be alert for the approach of small craft.

Vessels are at their most vulnerable during the hours of darkness.

Robbers have generally fled when confronted.


Source: Gray Page