PIRACY ON THE INCREASE AS PIRATE ATTACKS VESSEL ON THE COAST OF CONGO
An unknown container vessel at 3NM West of Banana Anchorage, Democratic Republic of Congo, was reportedly boarded by a pirate who stole a container lashing bar.
The report indicates that the crew members spotted the perpetrator on board removing a lashing from a deck.
There was no confrontation between the perpetrator and the crew.
On sighting the criminal, a distress alarm was raised, causing the criminal to flee into a standby smaller vessel.
Unfortunately, all attempts to contact port authorities via the Very High Frequency (VHF) failed.
The Report indicates that all crew members are safe.