Piracy warning: Balikpapan, Indonesia

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has stated that four attacks have been reported since 20 March 2005 in the vicinity of Balikpapan. Most attacks occurred whilst ships were at anchor.  

The IMB has also issued a warning to ships following three incidents in Somalian waters from 31 March 2005, in which pirates armed with guns and grenades have attacked ships. The eastern and north-eastern coasts of Somalia continue to be high-risk areas for hijackings. The IMB has further advised ships not making scheduled calls to ports in these areas to stay away from the coasts. 

The following is a list of areas where an actual attack took place in the period 12–18 April 2005, as reported by the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre. A more detailed description of each incident can be found in the IMB website. 

South China Sea (07:15.4N - 108:20.4E)

Malacca straits (02:48.56N - 101:03.0E)

Belawan anchorage, Indonesia

Umm Qasr anchorage, Iraq (29:37N - 048:45.7E)

off Lingga islands, Indonesia (00:27.1S - 105:09.0E)

Balikpapan outer roads, Indonesia (01:20S - 116:57E)

Balikpapan anchorage, Indonesia (01:13.6S - 117 00.7E) 

Kindly note that the piracy reports cover all types of ships. 

Contact: Minerva R. Alfonso