During 14-20 May 19, one Category 41 incident of armed robbery against ship in Asia was reported to ReCAAP ISC.
The incident occurred on 18 May 19 at approximately 3.3 nm southeast off Tanjung Piai, Malaysia in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Singapore Strait. This incident is in the vicinity of the previous four incidents reported in the Singapore Strait from February to April 2019. The location of the incident is shown in map below; and detailed description tabulated in attachment.
1650 hrs 1° 13.27' N, 103° 32.72’ E
Approximately 3.3 nm southeast off Tanjung Piai, Malaysia (westbound lane of TSS in Singapore Strait)
While the tug boat towing barge was underway, the master of the tug boat reported to Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) via VHF that six perpetrators were boarding the barge from a small boat. The master later reported that the perpetrators had left the barge with some tools stolen from the barge. The tug boat and barge continued her voyage to Port Klang, Malaysia.