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Spate of pirate attacks in Singapore Strait is cause for concern

ReCP Information Sharing Centre has issued an Incident Alert to ships after two separate incidents on the same day in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait on February 9

13 February 2020 - 19:00

ReCP Information Sharing Centre has issued an Incident Alert to ships after two separate incidents on the same day in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait on February 9.

Some engine spares were stolen in one incident involving a bulk carrier, but nothing was reported stolen in the other. There was no confrontation between the perpetrators and the crew. With these two incidents, a total of six incidents have been reported in the Singapore Strait since January.



The ReCP ISC issued five Incident Alerts in 2019 and one Incident Alert in 2020 relating to vessels travelling in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait.



A total of 31 incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait in 2019. Of these, 17 occurred to ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the TSS in the Singapore Strait, and 14 incidents in the westbound lane.



The ReCP ISC said 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 as demonstrated in the two incidents that occurred on Feb 9. Since the perpetrators of these incidents are not arrested, there is a possibility of further incidents reported in the Singapore Strait.



'All ships are strongly advised to exercise utmost vigilance, adopt extra precautionary measures and report all incidents immediately to the nearest coastal state.



'The ReCP ISC recommends to the law enforcement agencies of the littoral states to further step up surveillance, increase patrols and enhance cooperation and coordination among them in order to respond promptly to incidents.'


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