Weekly Summary of Global Maritime Crime and Piracy, week of 2-8 February 2012, (source: ONI)
GHANA: Offshore tug boarded by four robbers on 9 February while berthed at position 04:53 N – 001:45 W, Takoradi Port. The robbers, armed with long knives, threatened duty watchman and stole ship’s stores, and escaped in a waiting canoe. No crew injuries and incident reported to port authorities. (IMB).
THE CONGO: Container ship boarded on 4 February by an unknown number of robbers while anchored at position 04:46 S – 011:47 E, Point Noire Anchorage. Duty watchman found wet footprints on deck and padlock to bow thruster room broken. Crewman informed duty officer, who then noticed a small boat alongside the vessel. Duty officer raised alarm and mustered the crew. Upon further inspection, a number of storage lockers were broken into and ship’s stores and spare parts noted stolen. Small boat escaped. Ship’s master attempted to report the incident to port authorities, but received no response. (IMB)
ARABIAN SEA: Bulk carrier hijacked on 7 February while underway near position 16:03N – 062:26 E, approximately 520nm NE of Socotra Island, Yemen. UKMTO was first notified about the potential hijacking when the vessel owner informed them that he could not contact the vessel. The Free Goddess was en route from Adabiya, Egypt to Singapore, carrying 19,475 metric tons of steel cable with a crew of 21 on board. (Press)
INDONESIA: Tanker boarded on 7 February while anchored at 01:06 N – 103:28 E, Karimun STS anchorage. Duty crewman on rounds sighted three robbers, armed with steel rods, on the aft deck area and immediately raised the alarm. The robbers escaped without taking anything. Incident reported to port authorities. (IMB)
Weather Forecast for 9 – 15 FEB
A. GULF OF ADEN: Moderate conditions will persist throughout the period. Expect easterly winds 13 – 18 knots, decreasing to 8 – 13 knots by 11 Feb and seas from 5 – 7 feet, decreasing to 2 – 4 feet by 11 Feb. EXTENDED FORECAST: Winds and seas will maintain easterly between 8 – 13 knots and seas of 2 – 4 feet.
B. SOMALI COAST: Northeast monsoonal flow off the Somali coast continues to produce moderate to severe impacts in the area. Expect northeasterly winds of 18 – 23 knots and seas of 6 – 8 feet to decrease to 5 – 7 feet by 10 Feb. EXTENDED FORECAST: Winds and seas will maintain, northeasterly 18 – 23 knots and seas of 5 – 7 feet through the reporting period.
C. NORTH ARABIAN SEA: Northeasterly winds of 8 – 13 knots and seas between 2 – 4 feet will remain through 13 Feb. EXTENDED FORECAST: Expect northeasterly winds of 8 – 13 knots and seas of 2 – 4 feet, which will probably increase to 4 – 6 feet by 13 Feb.
D. CENTRAL AFRICAN COAST/INDIAN OCEAN: Residual swell waves from the southern Somali Basin region continue to impact area but overall conditions will remain moderate, with northeasterly winds of 13 – 18 knots, decreasing to 8 – 13 knots by 12 Feb and seas of 5 – 7 feet, decreasing to 3 – 5 feet by 11 Feb. EXTENDED FORECAST: Small boat operations off the Tanzania and Kenyan coast will be marginally impacted as winds will maintain from the northeast 8 – 13 knots and seas of 3 – 5 feet.
E. MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL: Expect northeasterly winds in the northern channel between 8 – 13 knots and seas of 2 – 4 feet, while in the southern channel, northeasterly winds 10 – 15 knots and seas of 3 – 5 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: In the northern channel winds will become northwesterly between 8 – 13 knots with seas of 2 – 4 feet, while in the southern channel winds northeasterly winds between 10 – 15 knots will prevail and seas between 3 – 5 feet.
F. SURFACE CURRENTS: Currents within the Somalia Basin, Gulf of Aden, and into the Indian Ocean remain variable with most areas having average speeds of less than 1.5 knots. An area of increased current speeds exists along the Somali coast, continuing south off the northern Kenya coastline until about 5 degrees south. This northeast to southwest current is moving along the coastline at speeds up to 3 knots. The Mozambique Channel has an average current of 1 – 2 knots.