Posted on December 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel transiting through the Strait of Singapore.

Maritime Piracy Report - Strait of Singapore - Aggravated Attack - November 27th 2019


Category: Boarding

Date: 28th of November

Location: Strait of Singapore

Position: 1° 16.2’ N, 104° 13.4’ E


The Hong Kong-flagged Bulk Carrier, China Pioneer was boarded during the late evening hours of November the 28th while transiting through the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait. The incident occurred at approximately 2320 hours, some 7.6 nautical miles northwest of Pulau Tanjung Buntung Besar, Indonesia.

The Chief Engineer onboard the vessel noticed four individuals entering the engine room on the ship's 2nd level. Reportedly, one of the pirates was armed with a 50cm-long blade. Upon witnessing the boarding party, the Chief Engineer proceeded to report the boarding to the ship Master who proceeded to trigger the ship alarm & lights. Upon hearing the alarm, the pirates escaped the vessel. 

The crew then mustered at the bridge and conducted an onboard search. 

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


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

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