Posted on December 13, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to rob a vessel transiting through the Singapore Strait.
Category: Attempted Robbery
Date: 6th of December
Location: Strait of Singapore, Indonesia
Position: 1° 10.59’ N, 103° 50.6’ E
Pirates attempted to rob the cargo of a barge being towed by the Singapore-flagged Tug, Kim Hock Tug 8 during the morning hours of December the 6th while the vessel was transiting through the Strait of Singapore. The incident occurred at approximately 1132 hours, while the vessel was travelling through the Eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme of the Strait of Singapore.
The tug was mid-transit when 10 to 15 small boats came alongside the barge and boarded it, in order to attempt and steal the metal scrap cargo onboard the vessel. Thankfully, a 2nd Tug that had been operating in the area, the Singapore-flagged Kim Hock Virgo, approached the barge and managed to drive away the smaller boats.
Nothing was reported as stolen. Crew & vessel are considered safe.
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