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Anchorage Incidents: Congo

 
February 27th 2015
Each month, we dig into our data for a different port or anchorage to look for any patterns. This month, we have focused on ports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


10 incidents have been reported.


4 incidents reported on a Thursday and 3 on a Monday.


All of the incidents occurred during the hours of darkness between 2220 and 0400 hours and in each case the ships concerned were at anchor.


In six of the 10 reports, ship’s stores were targeted by the thieves, while four of the attempted robberies failed and the thieves escaped. Once again, the most common boarding method was the use of ropes or anchor chain, which accounted for 40% of the boarding attempts. This is well worth noting if members have ships calling at Pointe Noire.


The reports feature a variety of ship types this month, with OSVs and bulkers being chosen in particular, although research ships and cargo and container vessels were not immune either.


As in previous months, the predominant target for thieves were portable goods in the form of ship’s stores, which again reinforces the need for strong onboard security. Members are invited to view the suggestions and improvements to security implemented by Thome. Visit the CSO Security Innovations Group to read the full details, or visit the Port Crime Working Group for more of our anchorage incident assesments.