Posted on October 31, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a vessel near Pulau Cula, Indonesia. 

Maritime Piracy Report - Attempted Boarding, Pulau Cula, Indonesia - October 25th 2019

Category: Attempted Boarding

Date: 25th of October

Location: Pulau Cula, Indonesia

Position:  1° 2.96' N 103° 38.0' E


The Saudi Arabia-flagged Chemical Tanker NCC Amal encountered pirates during the early morning hours of October the 25th while transiting off the coast of Indonesia. The incident occurred at approximately 05:15 am, some 4.9 nautical miles off the Pulau Cula, in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme of the Singapore Strait. 

Four pirates on a small boat attempted to board the vessel from its starboard quarter. However, the Master noticed the boarders and proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point the boarding attempt was aborted.

The small boat proceeded to speed away The Master then reported the incident to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS). 

Vessel & crew assumed safe. 


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Posted in Piracy , Security , Robbery , Indonesia , South East Asia

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