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Notes on Piracy (as of January 2003)

Firsthand Accounts of Piracy and Attempted Piracy

s/v Heartsong III: Gulf of Aden 2003

s/v Heartsong III: Indonesia, November 2002

s/v Wanderlust:: Gulf of Aden, April 2001

s/v Sea Swan: Yemen Coast, February 2001

Other Piracy Information

The primary areas of concern for voyaging yachts are the following (click on location for specific info):

bulletGulf of Aden and Yemen Coast
bulletIndonesia
bulletSouth China Sea near the Philippines
bulletSolomon Islands
bulletVenezuela
bulletColombia
bulletMalacca Strait

Here is the official list (with verbatim notes) of piracy-prone areas in the Eastern Hemisphere from the IMB Piracy Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (+603 2031 0014; fax +603 2078 5769; imbkl@icc-ccs.org.uk) as of March 2003:

bulletBangladesh: Chittagong and Mongla at berth and anchorage. Ships have
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Gulf of Aden

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India: Chennai, Haldia, Hoogly and Kakinada anchorages.

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Indonesia: Belawan, Balikpapan, Bontang, Panjang, Samarinda, Santan, Tarahan and Tanjong Priok (Jakarta). Ships have reported numerous Berhala, Gelasa Straits.

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Madagascar: Diego Suarez

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Malacca Straits: Avoid anchoring along the Indonesian coast of the

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Malaysia: Sandakan

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Philippines: Batangas

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Solomon Islands: Honiara

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Somalian waters: High risk area for hijackings. Ships not making

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Tanzania: Dar es Salaam

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Thailand: Koh Si Chang

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Vietnam: Vung Tau  

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A new book on yacht piracy has just been published (2003): Pirates Aboard, by Klaus Hympendahl.

An excellent article on piracy in the Red Sea area was published under the title "Danger Zone" in July 2000 by Yachting World maagazine, a British publication.  

Jimmy Cornell's website Noonsite publishes regular piracy updates.

The Red Sea Pilot, published by Imray, posts on its website a regular piracy update for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, reproduced here as of December 2002.

A database about yacht piracy is being established by the International Sailing Federation at http://www.isaf.co.uk.  Reports should be submitted, with appropriate documentation, to ISAF at piracy@isaf.co.uk.  Another piracy reporting center is at www.iccwbo.org.

Other firsthand reports of piracy against cruising yachts worldwide are available online from the Seven Seas Cruising Association.

 

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