Date: 19/02/2017 Time: 1722LT
Lat: 06°09.4 North Long: 119°39.4 East
Event: Pirate Attack
IMB have issued an advisory stating that a vessel was attacked and boarded about seventeen miles north of Pearl Bank. The IFC have reported that the Vietnam- Flagged bulk carrier was boarded whilst underway. The number of pirates involved is still unknown, however it has been confirmed that one crew member was shot dead onboard, whilst six other Vietnamese crew members were kidnapped. The remaining crew are reported safe and the vessel is currently located at Taganak Island in order for the Philippine authorities to conduct a full investigation.
Vessels within a 100 nautical mile radius should increase their anti-piracy deterrents in line with Best Management Practices 4. This should include increased twenty four hour anti-piracy watch keeping and radar monitoring. Vessel hardening should be checked and where appropriate bolstered.