Weekly Maritime Summary 24 February – 1 March 2020

The Securewest Global Response Centre (GRC) recorded nine maritime related incidents during the reporting period of 24 February to 1 March 2020:

Maritime incidents

  • 24-Feb-20 – Robbery – An anchored tanker was robbed and the Master killed in the Isla Borracha anchorage, Venezuela
  • 25-Feb-20 – Drugs Interdiction – 1 ton of suspected drugs seized on general cargo ship following departure from Guaranaó Port, Venezuela
  • 25-Feb-20 – Boarding – A product tanker was boarded in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • 25-Feb-20 – Boarding – A motor vessel was boarded while at anchor in the vicinity of Lagos port, Nigeria
  • 25-Feb-20 – Suspicious Approach – An underway tanker was approached approximately 45nm ESE of Perim Island, Bab al Mandeb
  • 26-Feb-20 – Drugs Interdiction – Suspected drugs seized on container ship at Ensenada Anchorage, Mexico
  • 27-Feb-20 – Approach – A motor vessel was subject to a suspicious approach approximately 49nm NW of Luanda, Angola
  • 28-Feb-20 – Boarding – An underway bulk carrier was boarded 3.5nm East of Pulau Karimun Keci in the Singapore Strait
  • 01-Mar-20 – Suspicious Approach – A motor vessel was subject to a suspicious approach 84nm NW of the Port of Sultan, Qaboos in Oman


Robbery IncidentRobbery: Theft from a vessel or from persons aboard the vessel.
Drugs InterdictionDrugs Interdiction: Focused on interrupting illegal drugs smuggled by sea, usually a large amount of drugs are seized.
Boarding IncidentBoarding: Unauthorized boarding of a vessel by persons not part of its complement without successfully taking control of the vessel.
Suspicious ApproachSuspicious Approach: All other unexplained activity in close proximity by an unknown vessel
ApproachApproach: An incident where weapons are trained on the vessel or pirate paraphernalia such as weapons, ladders, are observed and the intention to conduct an attack is clear.

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