Attempted robbery on container ship anchored off Manila
In its weekly report for 23-29 June, ReCAAP ISC informed of one incident of armed robbery against ship in Asia. The CAT 4 incident occurred onboard a container ship while anchored at Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) Anchorage, Philippines.
In the early morning hours of 13 June, the Hong Kong-flagged container ship Seaspan Fraser was at MICT Anchorage, Manila.
While the ship was preparing to heave up the anchor going to MICT Pilot Station, one of the crew spotted a bolt cutter near the bosun store and noticed that the padlock of the store was broken. The bosun store is on the forward bow of the ship.
The bosun mate immediately inspected the store and assessed that there were no missing items, and there might had been a boarding to attempt theft.
The incident was reported to the Port State Control Manila.
The ReCAAP ISC urges ship master and crew to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships to the nearest coastal State and flag State, exercise vigilance and adopt relevant preventive measures taking reference from the Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia.