Tianjin, China – A Number of Thefts at Anchorage Reported in Recent Months

2 December 2016 No.859
Huatai Insurance Agency & Consultant Service Ltd., our correspondent in China, has kindly provided the Association with information about the thefts of the vessel’s bunker, ship stores, etc. reported at the anchorage of Tianjin, China in recent months. 
According to our correspondent, thieves approach the vessel at the anchorage in small boats disguised as fishing boats at night time. Thefts may increase in winter times due to easy approach with high waves that may interfere with radar signal and fewer crew members being engaged in safety patrol on deck at night time. China Coast Guard caught some thieves but it does not affect the Security Level of Tianjin port.
Our correspondent suggests vessels take the following measures at Tianjin anchorage.
1. Close the covers of anchor chains after dropping anchor;
2. Turn on all deck lights and arrange cargo lights outboard at night;
3. Keep all stores that placed on deck and/or out of accommodation secured, keep watertight doors of accommodation locked from inside;
4. Necessary quantity of fire hoses to be connected with fire hydrant on deck;
5. Officers on watch shall keep proper lookout on bridge assisted by radar with guard rings set especially in foggy weather and night time, regular safe patrol in accommodation area and on deck to be carried out;
6. Keep mooring lines in store secured till the day of getting alongside;
7. Give warning of whistle signal, call master and make necessary action according to muster list in case suspected thieves boats are found alongside or very close to vessel.