Inabukwa, an Indonesian vessel, was attacked in March by a team of armed
pirates while heading for Singapore with a cargo of tin and pepper. The captain
and crew were taken hostage and abandoned on a deserted island, but were
rescued after a few days.
International Maritime Bureau (IMB) issued a "Special Alert" from its
piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur warning authorities in the region to be
on the look out for the missing vessel, and within five days a sighting of the
ship was reported.
is the fastest recovery of a hijacked ship that we have coordinated." said
Pottengal Mukundan, Director of ICC's International Maritime Bureau. " The
IMB received confidential information that the vessel was attempting to sell
her cargo to buyers in the Philippines and Vietnam. A few weeks after IMB
raised the alarm, Philippine coastguard boarde d a vessel in the Ilocos
province which appeared to be suspicious and had its original name removed at
conducted by the IMB quickly confirmed that the vessel's identity was false.
The Philippine coastguard confirmed that the vessel was indeed the Inabukwa and
that the cargo was intact on board. The positive action taken by the Philippine
coastguard must be commended and will send a clear signal to pirates that there
is no safe haven for them in the Philippines. "
to IMB, pressure is now on Indonesia to extradite and prosecute the seven
Indonesians found on board the ship at the time of her arrest. Negotiations
with the Philippine authorities are continuing.
reports received by the IMB piracy reporting centre show that piracy around the
world is still a growing business with 100 attacks reported already this year.
is a real problem today, particularly in areas like Indonesia, Africa and
increasingly on the Red Sea." said Captain Mukundan. "Pirates are
more determined than ever, often attacking boats in teams of twenty or more men
armed with knives, daggers and guns."
according to Captain Mukundan, the IMB figures revealed that the proportion of
successful attacks to attempted attacks is falling, despite the increased
activity of pirates at sea.
increased cooperation with authorities in the key danger areas, IMB say their
warnings are alerting more and more seafarers to piracy risks. If ships crews
are ready to defend themselves at sea, they can scare off any pirates before
they attempt to board.
Piracy Reporting Centre has been involved in most major attempts to locate
hijacked and stolen ships in recent years, and nine of the past ten serious
recovery operations were successful.
IMB is a
division of the International Chamber of Commerce. Its piracy reporting centre
was set up in 1992. IMB publishes a world piracy report on this website every