Hero crew members nab crowbar wielding Singapore Strait robbers

The crew of a Swiss-owned supramax have detained three robbers after they boarded their ship in the Singapore Strait, TradeWinds has learnt.

The robbers, armed with a crowbar and pipes, boarded Shipping Asset Management’s (SAM) 57,200-dwt SAM Jaguar (built 2013) in the early hours on Monday.

However, the quick-witted crew were able to lock them inside the engine-room workshop, while the ship’s master reported the incident to Batam’s Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS).

The Indonesian Navy latter boarded the bulker and removed the three perpetrators for further investigation and prosecution.

Details have just been reported by the Singapore-based Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).

Nothing was stolen and the crew was not injured in the incident which took place about 6.8 nautical miles (12.5 km) east off Pulau Karimum Kecil, Indonesia.

Earlier this month, the Singapore Navy was called upon to escort a supramax bulker into Singapore after it was subjected to a suspected piracy incident.

The 57,932-dwt Western Seattle (built 2014) was boarded by four perpetrators while in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.

With this latest incident in the Singapore Strait, there have now been a total of nine incidents reported in the area since January 2020.

In February, New Vision Shipping’s 58,000-dwt bulk carrier New Spirit (built 2010) and Shipping Corp of India’s 105,000-dwt tanker Swarna Jayanti (built 2010) were both targeted by robbers.

ReCAAP has cautioned that all vessels transiting the Singapore Strait exercise “the utmost vigilance, adopt extra precautionary measures” and report all incidents immediately to the nearest coastal authority.

Source: TradeWinds