African Piracy and Casualty and Piracy report

Aug 17, 2003
Author: P&S

The following incidents of piracy or ship casualties have occurred along the African coast during the month of August 2003.


3 August 2003 three boats approached a tanker underway in the Gulf of Aden in position 12.55N, 047:35E during the hours of darkness. The tanker evaded pirates by altering course and sounding ship’s whistle although the pirates kept up the pursuit for about an hour. Other ships were warned of pirates operating in the area.

4 August 2003, approximately two hours after the incident on 3 August several motor boats approached a ship underway in the Gulf of Aden at position 13.00N, 047:28.9E but gave up after crew mustered and took action, coupled with assistance received from coalition warships.

9 August 2003 pirates in a single boat used grappling hooks and attempted to board a general cargo ship off Dar es Salaam at position 06:38S, 039:28E. The alarm was raised and crew mustered before pirates abandoned attempt and sped off.

11 August 2003 three armed pirates boarded a container ship which was underway after dropping pilot off the port of Dakar, Senegal. Pirates raided ship’s store before escaping.

Africa and Red Sea High Risk Areas

Abidjan, Bonny River, Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Lagos, Luanda, Nana Creek, Tema, Warri.

Gulf of Aden

Somalian Waters

Eastern and Northeastern coasts are high-risk areas for hijackings. Ships not making scheduled calls to ports in these areas should keep at least 75 miles and if possible 100 miles from the coast. Use of radio communications including VHF in these waters should be kept to a minimum.

Casualties and Incidents

29 July 2003. The container ship ANL Oryx was damaged on both hull sides after coming into collision with another ship in Lagos harbour. Damage including a 20m gash above the waterline was reported. Oryx was able to continue voyage.

9 August 2003. The general cargo ship Enforcer was reported as having gone aground briefly on a sandbank in Beira harbour.

Acknowledgements to International Maritime Bureau for piracy report. Visit the IMB website at for their full weekly global report.

Another excellent source of international casualty and piracy reports can be found at

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