IFC - Information Fusion Centre - MARSEC Weekly Report


Highlights:

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.

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