3 piracy events during the last week, two in the Singapore Strait and one in Sulu Sea :
1 Hijack-Kidnapping in Sulu Sea off Pulau Tambisan, Malaysia (5 Indonesian fishermen abducted by Abu Sayyaf);
1 Sea Theft on a « Tug and Barge » underway in the Singapore Strait (two attacks on the same barge in an interval of 4 hours);
1 Attempted Action on a Tanker underway off Batam, Indonesia.
Singapore Strait :
IFC recommend to take some dispositions during any transit in Singapore strait, particularly at low speed and/or during the night :
Take a previous contact before any transit in Singapore strait (sectors 7 to 9) with Singaporean authorities and timely reporting any suspicious activity : https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/operations/vessel-traffic-information-system-vtis/operational-areas ;
Increase vigilance in watch-keeping and deploy additional lookout ;
Be wary of suspicious small boats approaching. Take photo of the suspicious boat and send to me as soon as possible ;
Use CCTV cameras for coverage of vulnerable areas (if available) ;
Keep ship's whistle, search lights and fog horn ready for immediate use ;
Secure or lift external ladders to prevent their use and to restrict external access to the bridge ;
Deploy Self-Protection Measures (SPM) eg. Rig the water spray hoses and foam monitors in a fixed position. Evasive manoeuvres have also been proven to deter perpetrators in the areas of concern ;
Secure all doors and hatches providing access to the accommodation and machinery spaces ;
Rig safety precautionary measures on the anchor cable hawse pipe while anchored.
Sulu Sea :
The curfew is still underway off Sabah (Malaysia) until 5th February, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., in the regions of Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran. The risk of maritime terrorism remains very high for vessels with low freeboards and / or low speed.