Tanker and bulker targeted by robbers

Thieves board vessels in Venezuela and Indonesia in latest incidents.

Robbers have boarded a tanker and a bulker in South America and Asia.

On 18 May, an unnamed anchored chemical carrier was raided by thieves four miles west of Lecheria in Venezuela, the IMB's piracy reporting centre said.

They stole ship’s equipment and stores and escaped unnoticed.

The robbery was not noticed until crew made regular rounds.

The dry cargo vessel was boarded on 11 May at Muara Berau anchorage in Indonesia.

One man armed with a knife climbed up the anchor chain.

A duty officer raised the alarm and the crew mustered, causing the thief to escape back down the chain.

Nothing was reported stolen.