31 Incidents Reported Against Ships In Eastbound Lane Of Singapore Strait

During 8 – 9 Nov 20, the ReCAAP Focal Point (Singapore) reported to the ReCAAP ISC three incidents that occurred to ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. The details of the three incidents are described as follows:

  • On 8 Nov at about 2125 hrs, tanker, Zeno was underway at about 4.4 nm south of Tanjung Bulat, East Johor, Malaysia when three perpetrators were sighted in the engine room. The alarm was immediately raised and a search on board the ship was conducted. At about 2305 hrs, the master updated Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) via VHF that there was no further sighting of the perpetrators on board. Some ship equipment including a sounding rod, an oil sampling rod, a portable breathing apparatus, portable instruments for measuring ullage, and a portable spray painter was stolen from the engine room. The crew was not injured. The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) and Singapore Police Coast Guard were informed, and the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities were notified. A safety navigational broadcast was initiated to alert mariners.
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  • On 9 Nov at about 0220 hrs, bulk carrier, Lefkada was underway at about 5.4 nm southeast of Tanjung Ramunia, East Johor, Malaysia when two perpetrators were sighted in the vicinity of engine room locker. The alarm was raised, crew mustered and a search on board the ship was conducted. At about 0340 hrs, the master updated Singapore VTIS that there was no further sighting of the perpetrators on board. The oil spill equipment locker was found unlocked and a lifebuoy was stolen. The crew was not injured. The RSN’s MSTF and Singapore Police Coast Guard were informed, and the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities were notified. A safety navigational broadcast was initiated to alert mariners.
  • On 9 Nov at about 0308 hrs, bulk carrier, Atlantic Diana was underway at about 5.7 nm northwest of Tanjung Pergam, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia when one perpetrator was sighted in the vicinity of the steering gear flat. The alarm was raised, crew mustered and a search on board the ship was conducted. At about 0755 hrs, the master updated Singapore VTIS that there was no further sighting of the perpetrators
    on board. Nothing was stolen and the crew was not injured. The RSN’s MSTF and Singapore Police Coast Guard were informed; and the Indonesian authorities were notified. A safety navigational broadcast was initiated to alert mariners.

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