Posted on October 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

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

Maritime Piracy - Pulau Cula, Indonesia - Boarding, Attempted Robbery, Attack - October 18th 2019

Category: Attempted Robbery/Boarding

Date: 18th of October

Location: Pulau Cula, Indonesia

Position: 1° 6.23’ N, 103° 43.76’ E


The Greek-flagged VLCC, HIRADO was boarded during the evening hours of October the 18th while transiting off the coast of Indonesia. The incident occurred at approximately 23:24 in the evening, some 4.1 nautical miles northeast of Pulau Cula.

Five individuals were spotted in the engine room. The Master proceeded to raise the alarm and the boarding party escaped. A full search of the ship was conducted but there was no sign of theft or a further sighting of the perpetrators. 

The Master reported the incident to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) via VHF. No confrontation occurred between the attackers and the crew. The vessel continued normally towards their next port of call, Yingkou, China.

Vessel & crew are considered safe. 


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

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