Suspects Arrested Following Theft Aboard Barge at Chittagong Anchorage
March 06, 14:30 LT: While the vessel was at Chittagong Anchorage 22° 6.21’ N, 91° 40.67’ E) in Bangladesh, a group of unauthorized persons boarded the barge, ANTARA KOH 18 which was towed by tug boat CAPITOL T2001 (IMO #9353307). The barge was installed with a crane. An unspecified number of unauthorized persons boarded the barge via boats, cut the safety system wiring, and stole the crane data logger display, portable batteries (for machineries such as crane, generators, and hydraulic power pack), diesel and hydraulic oil. The crew of the tug boat contacted a passing Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) ship via VHF. The BCG apprehended the perpetrators and escorted the barge to Chittagong Anchorage. The crew was not injured.