In accordance with the ReCAAP ISC 2 piracy attacks against ships reported. Both attacks occurred on board the vessels while they were underway in the eastern lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Singapore Strait. Taking into account that 2 assaults reported, 33 piracy attacks in the area since January 2020.
On November 17th a piracy attack against bulk carrier “Asia Spring” took place. After crew members noticed 3 criminals on the main desk they immediately raised the alarm. The crew began to search for pirates, however they managed to escape. The attack reported to Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System. However no crew members nor equipments was harmed or stolen. Local authorities were notified, A safety navigational broadcast began to alert seafarers.
It followed the next attack on November 19th, on board chemical tanker “MTM Amsterdam”. At aft pop deck crew members sighed 2 sea pirates with knives. After raising the alarm the crew immediately started to search the vessel. Nevertheless, the pirates managed to escape uncaught. Consequently the Capitan reported the piracy attack to Singapore VTIS. The pirates did not steal anything or harm anyone. The crew didn’t require for an assistance and continued the way to China. Local Navy and Police Coast Guard were informed.
The ReCAAP ISC strongly encourages the ship’s captain and crew to report all piracy attacks and robberies to the nearest coastal State.
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