During 23-29 Apr 19, two actual incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported to ReCAAP ISC. Both incidents occurred in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait on 24 and 25 Apr 19. The location of the incidents is shown in the map below; and detailed description of the incidents is tabulated in attachment.
1. Union Topaz Tug boat/ Magnor Backhoe dredger
24/04/19 0510 hrs
1° 10.63' N, 103° 34.3’ E Approximately 5 nm westnorth-west of Nipa island, Indonesia (westbound lane of TSS in Singapore Strait)
While the tug boat towing a backhoe dredger was underway, two perpetrators boarded the dredger. Two wooden boats were sighted alongside the backhoe dredger. The master shone light at the backhoe dredger, and the two perpetrators escaped via the wooden boats. The crew was safe and no items were stolen.
2. Vector 1 Tug boat / Yong Tat 319 Barge
25/04/19 0530 hrs
1° 13.33' N, 103° 31.02’ E Off Tanjung Piai, Malaysia (westbound lane of TSS in Singapore Strait)
While the tug boat towing barge was underway, three to four perpetrators boarded the barge. The master reported the incident to Singapore VTIS who informed the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The crew was safe and no items were stolen.