Posted on November 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel transiting off Tanjung Bulat, Malaysia.
Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery
Date: 23rd of November
Location: Tanjung Bulat, Malaysia
Position: 1° 16.3’ N, 104° 14.08’ E
Pirates boarded the Marshal Islands-flagged Bulk Carrier, FAYE during the early morning hours of November the 23rd while the vessel was transiting off the coast of Malaysia. The incident occurred at approximately 05:22 am some 4.4 nautical miles southeast of Tanjung Bulat, in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait.
Five pirates armed with long knives were sighted entering the ship's engine room. Upon noticing the boarding party, the crew of the vessel proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point the pirates escaped the vessel.
The crew conducted a full search of the vessel for any further sign of perpetrators or missing items.
Upon concluding the search, the Master reported the incident to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS). The vessel went on to resume her voyage towards Incheon, South Korea.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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