Posted on December 03, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel transiting through the Strait of Singapore.
Date: 27th of November
Location: Strait of Singapore
Position: 01:17.79N - 104:20.47E
Pirates boarded the Marshall Islands-flagged Bulk Carrier, KMAX EVDOKIA during the evening hours of November the 27th. The incident occurred at approximately 20:45 UTC while the vessel was transiting through the Strait of Singapore. The duty engine crew onboard the vessel was confronted by the band of armed pirates, who threatened him with a knife and attempted to take him hostage.
Thankfully, the seafarer managed to escape and proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point the crew mustered. Noticing the alerted crew members, the pirates proceeded to escape the vessel.
Nothing was reported as stolen. The Master proceeded to report the incident to VTIS and a patrol ship was dispatched to the location in order to further investigate the situation.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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