Date: 22/02/2017 Time: 1345LT
Lat: 05°38.09 Long: 119°36.63 East
Event: Suspicious Approach
It has been reported that a bulk carrier was approached by three speed boats whilst underway 37nm northwest of LMS Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. The crew spotted the speedboats, which each had five persons on board approaching at a speed of 20.5kts. The Philippine Navy-Littoral Monitoring Station (LMS) were contacted via VHF radio. Soon afterwards, the speedboats slowed down and aborted their approach. The Philippine Navy deployed patrol vessels to the vicinity. The bulk carrier continued to her next port of call with no other incidents.
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.