Theft Aboard Container Ship at Anchorage in Manila, Philippines
January 25, 04:15 LT: While at South Quarantine Anchorage Area in Manila (posn. 14° 32.68’ N, 120° 55.27’ E), the duty watch sighted one unauthorized person aboard the container ship AS CLARITA (IMO #9300972). The CM alerted other crew and the unauthorized person promptly jumped overboard and swam to a nearby motor banca, which departed the area soon-thereafter.
The crew conducted an inspection of the AS CLARITA and found two broken padlocks and a lighter with attached pin light (turned on) believed to belong to the unauthorized person. On checking of the ship’s inventory, the following items were found missing: one jet chisel machine, two cans of paint, one forward bell, three immersion suits, two breathing apparatus cylinders, one breathing apparatus and one chemical suit.
The crew reported the incident to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Command Centre. A team of PCG personnel from Coast Guard Station Manila was immediately dispatched and boarded the ship to conduct inquiry and validate the report.