Posted on November 26, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates robbed a vessel transiting off Pulau Nongsa, Indonesia.
Date: 24th of November
Location: Pulau Nongsa, Indonesia
Position: 1° 14.25’ N 104° 4.01 E
Pirates boarded a barge being towed by the Malaysian-flagged Tug, Harbour Libra during the early morning hours of November the 24th while the vessel was transiting off the coast of Indonesia. The incident occurred at 03:30 am in the morning, some 2.2 nautical miles northwest of Pulau Nongsa, Indonesia, in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait.
The two pirates were seen boarding the barge that was loaded with containers. The crew onboard the ship saw the boarding party and proceeded to raise the alarm, at which point the pirates escaped the vessel. Some twist locks and ropes had been stolen during the attack but the seafarers were safe.
The Master of the vessel proceeded to report the incident to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS). The vessel resumed her voyage to Port Sibu, Sarawak.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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