Posted on May 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was robbed while transiting through the Singapore Strait.
Date: 18th of May
Location: Singapore Strait, Malaysia
Position: 1°12'03.0"N 103°32'18.7"E
The barge Smit Cyclone was boarded while being towed by the Singapore-flagged tug, BARLIAN T1201 during the afternoon of May the 18th. The incident occurred while the vessels were in the westbound lane of TSS in the Singapore Strait. At approximately 16:50, six individuals boarded the barge from a nearby small boat and proceeded to steal some tools before escaping.
The Master of the tug notified the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) via VHF of the incident. The tug and barge proceeded to continue their voyage towards Port Klan. Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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