Five Armed Pirates Board Tanker in Singapore Strait

On the 30th October 2017, five armed pirates boarded the tanker “GP T2” as it was underway in the Singapore Strait off Indonesia, reports ReCAAP.

The Information Sharing Centre (ISC) of The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP ISC)  Issued an “Incident Alert ”

The Tanker GP T2 was underway in the Singapore Strait, approx 6.5km NE of Batam Island, Indonesia when the master of the tanker reported to the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) that at about 0142 hrs, five perpetrators armed with knives boarded the ship while she was underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait.

The perpetrators tied up the duty oiler in the engine room took away some engine spare parts and escaped in a small boat.

The crew was not injured and the ship is proceeding towards the next port of call in China.

The ReCAAP stated “This is the seventh incident reported to have occurred in the Singapore Strait since January 2017, compared to two incidents during January to October, 2016.”

They continued “The ReCAAP ISC is concerned with an increase of incidents in the Singapore Strait and advises all ships to exercise enhanced vigilance while underway in the Singapore Strait and report all incidents to the nearest coastal State and flag State immediately.”

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