In the early hours of Sunday morning (9 Feb), two ships in the Singapore Strait were assaulted by pirates within the time of an hour.

At the media release, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre reported that the perpetrators left empty handed in one incident whereas some engine spares were stolen in another incident.

With the two new piracy incidents, the total number of incidents reported in the Singapore Strait now sits at six incidents since the beginning of 2020.

The issue of piracy has become a concerning one lately, with a total of 31 occurrences reported in the Singapore Strait in 2019. Last week, at the query by three MPs at the parliament, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen touched upon the issue.

The two incidents on Sunday morning occurred in the eastbound lane of the Strait.

The first incident involved six attackers wielding knives who got onboard the bulk carrier New Spirit and entered the engine room at about 2.20 am as the bulk carrier was passing by Nongsa Point, Indonesia. Upon seeing the carrier’s crew, the attackers fled..

The attack was then reported to the Singapore authorities after which the carrier head to Singapore. The carrier was boarded by the Police Coast Guard who conducted further investigation. It was reported that nothing was stolen and no attackers were found.

The second incident saw the tanker Swarna Jayanti which was also passing by Nongsa Point at around 2.52 am when an intruder was spotted by a crew member in the engine room.

At the alarm sounded by the ship master, the crew was gathered and they went on to search for the intruder.

Although none of the crew members were injured, several valves from the engine room were stolen.

The ReCAAP ISC stressed that it is “concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents in the Singapore Strait and the persistence of the perpetrators in their attempts to board ships”.  There is the possibility of future assaults in the Strait as perpetrators in the previous incidents have not been captured, ReCAAP ISC warned.

ReCAAP ISC further remarked that “all ships are strongly advised to exercise utmost vigilance, adopt extra precautionary measures and report all incidents immediately to the nearest coastal State.”

Recommendations have been made by ReCAAP ISC to encourage law enforcement agencies of littoral states to boost cooperation and coordination, improve surveillance and patrol frequencies so that prompt responses to attacks can be carried out.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

NS and NEL lines experience service disruption after Jubilee weekend

This morning as commuters on the North-South Line were making their way…

商人外出遭掳 马国警方驳火救肉票歼二匪

绑匪趁商人外出享用早餐时将他掳走,并开出1000万新元的赎金价码,最后透过警方的缜密布置,与匪徒驳火救出肉票并歼灭其中两名匪徒。 综合媒体报道,该绑架案发生于邻国柔佛,被绑架的是41岁当地华裔塑料厂商人,据马国警方形容,上周二(17日),他离家出外享用早餐时,被4名绑匪掳走,随后家属即向警方报案,并表示绑匪向他们索取1000万元的赎金。 警方在接获通报后,立即展开特别调查小组跟进。截至本周一,调查小组发现受害者位置,他被关押在丰盛港一油棕园内,警方试图靠近绑匪车辆时,却遭匪徒开枪射击,当时射中其中一名警员,导致警员的左右腿中弹,另一枪则是被警员的腰带阻挡,未伤及要害。 为了阻止匪徒潜入油棕园内,难以追寻,警方便开始驳火反击。 警还击两名匪徒被歼 “其中两人绑匪警觉到警方的存在后,便向警方却开枪,而警方也随即还击,两名匪徒当场被歼。” 该两名匪徒为39岁与52岁,使用了两支9毫米与0.45口径的半自动手枪。 据悉,俩人曾参与抢劫、驳火等犯罪记录,相信是今年早些被警方瓦解的犯罪集团成员。 他指出,警方相信在油棕园内的绑匪团伙不仅两人,目前仍在追查其余绑匪的下落。 而针对受害者目前的情况,警方表示,他目前正在柔佛苏丹后阿米娜医院接受治疗。 马国媒体,根据警方所掌握的情报,绑匪在绑架的一周内,每天都与家属联络,谈判赎金事宜,直至家属答应交赎金后,绑匪就将头套脱下,让肉票看到绑匪的脸,因此推断无论绑匪有没有收到赎金都会撕票,也同时逼迫警方提早行动以救出肉票。 询及为何索取的赎金是新币而不是令吉,警方则表示,新币有1000新币或1万新币的大纸币,而令吉相对只有100令吉,不易取走,才改用新币。…

Reminder: Check your voter status online at Elections Department website

Following the release of the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) report on…