A. ROBBERY / PIRACY
2 sea thefts/robberies events were reported the last week in India (1 on a vessel while under tow to Alang, 1 on Offshore Supply Vessel anchored, Kakinada Anchorage).
B. MARITIME INCIDENTS
- Update on the overcrowded boat carrying about refugees coming from Bangladeshi camps reported the last week : 21 Dead, 50 Missing, 72 Rescued ;
- Crew members fell overboard from a sinking cargo ship in the seas off Zhoushan (China) : 3 dead and 3 missing. Search and rescue ongoing.
C. ILLEGAL/ UNREGULATED/ UNREPORTED FISHING (IUU)Four Vietnamese Fishing Vessels Detained : 21 foreign fishermen onboard four fishing vessels were apprehended off Kra Island without a license to fish in Thailand's waters.
D. IRREGULAR HUMAN MIGRATION
48 Rohingya Migrants from Myanmar, off Ayeyarwady : the Myanmar Navy has detained 48 migrants at sea in southern Myanmar's Ayeyarwady region, while local authorities apprehended five suspected human traffickers who allegedly helped them try to leave the country.
Singapore strait transit :
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.