SINGAPORE STRAIT, ARMED INTRUDERS TARGET BULKER IN EASTBOUND LANE OF TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEME

7/11/2019 LC / Posn 1.245 – 104.20

Five intruders armed with knives were spotted in the engine room of a bulk carrier underway at the eastern end of the Singapore Strait.

The intruders escaped after the crew raised the alarm.

A report from the ship’s master said a search of the vessel showed nothing had been stolen.

The incident happened an hour before dawn on November 23.

The bulk carrier had been heading in an easterly direction.

At the time the intruders were spotted, the bulk carrier was 4.4 nautical miles (nm) south of the Malaysian coast and north of Indonesia’s Bintan Island.

There were two reports of intruders boarding vessels in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in less than 24 hours.

The first incident, on November 23, involved the bulk carrier. The second, less than a day later, saw thieves boarding a barge carrying containers. They escaped after stealing twist locks and ropes.

There has been a spike in reports of intruders boarding vessels in the Singapore Strait in 2019.

There were at least 14 incidents in the first eight months of the year but almost all involved thieves boarding barges laden with scrap metal.

Vessels moving through the Strait should increase watch keeping and lookout for suspicious small boats.

Watches should be especially alert after dark.

Source: Gray Page

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