Posted on July 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded while transiting through the Strait of Singapore.
Date: 16th of July
Location: Strait of Singapore
Position: 1.0 10.23’N 103 39.09’E
A tug boat towing a barge was transiting through the Strait of Singapore, when it approached by pirates, during the early morning hours of July the 16th. The incident occurred while the vessels were underway, in the westbound lane of the TSS of the Strait of Singapore.
The Master of the tug, Sung Fatt 31, notified the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) that his crew noticed a group of individuals boarding the barge that they had been charged with towing.
The robbers then stole an unknown number of scrap metal, that the barge had been carrying, and escaped into their sampans (a type of vessel used in Southeast Asia).
The Master of the tug proceeded to report the incident to VTIS and the vessel alarm was promptly raised. The Singapore VTIS notified both the Singapore Police and Singapore Coast Guard, as well as their Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts, and then proceeded to issue a safety navigational broadcast.
There was no confrontation between the robbers and the crew. Both vessels & the crew are considered safe.
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