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Tuesday, October 16, 2018



INTERTANKO is regularly contacted for updates regarding piracy, robbery and unrest. The IMB (International Maritime Bureau) Piracy Reporting Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is providing a free of charge service. The Centre broadcasts a status report every day at 0000 UTC via SafetyNET service of INMARSAT. The IMB also posts on the Internet the weekly updates of attacks at This update is compiled from the piracy reporting service’s daily status bulletins. By posting the information on the Internet, ship owners and authorities ashore can access the weekly updates as well as ships at sea.

Specific Piracy Reporting Centre tasks are to:

  • Report piracy incidents and armed robbery at sea to law enforcement agencies.
  • Locate vessels that have been seized by pirates and recover stolen cargoes.
  • Help to bring pirates to justice.
  • Assist owners and crews of ships that have been attacked.
  • Collate information on piracy in all parts of the world.

This service may be an even quicker way of obtaining fresh information. INTERTANKO recommends this excellent service to its members. 

The IBM advises the following to all ships as on 3 November 2000:

Extra caution is advised at all ports in Indonesia, Gelasa Str., Bangka Str., Berhala Str., Sunda Str., Malacca Straits, Singapore Str., Phillip Channel, Chittagong Roads, Mongla Anchorage, Colombo Anchorage, Chennai anchorage, Cochin anchorage, Kandla, Southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Somali coast, Conakry and Nigerian ports.

Ships are advised to maintain anti-piracy watches and report all piratical attacks and suspicious movements of craft to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The services are free and the centre can be contacted 24 hours every day.

Anti Piracy help line:

Tel +60 3 201 0014
Fax +60 3 238 5769
Telex MA 31880 IMBPCI