Posted on October 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after an aggravated robbery took place onboard a ship transiting through the Singapore Straits.
Category: Boarding/Aggravated Robbery
Date: 19th of October
Location: Singapore Straits, Singapore
Position: 01:03.45N – 103:38.70E
A bulk carrier transiting through the Strait of Singapore was attacked during the afternoon of October the 19th. At approximately 17:00 UTC, the Duty oil on routine rounds was taken hostage by five pirates armed with a gun and knives. The robbers proceeded to threaten the oiler and tier his hands. They then stole ship spares and escaped the vessel.
The oiler promptly reported the incident to the Officer on WAtch who then, in turn, raised the alarm and notified the Singapore VTIS.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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