A. ROBBERY / PIRACY
2 events reported last week :
- 1 Attempted action on a Bulk Carrier underway, in Philips Channel (South of Singapore Strait) ;
- 1 Sea Theft on a Tanker anchored Anchored at Kakinada Anchorage (India).
B. MARITIME TERRORISM
Abu Sayyaf Group asked US$ 580,000 to the employer of the five captive fishermen abducted in Sulu Sea the 16/01/2020.
- Labuan marine police seized a vessel laden with 450,000 litres of diesel, all worth more than RM2.4 million (US$ 568,000) for alleged possession of fuel ;
- The Indonesian Navy succeeded in capturing a Fishing vessel carrying 11 Meth-Shabu drug loading packages of Chinese brands and 7 large packages of Ecstasy Pills totaling around 63,000 pills.
D. IRREGULAR HUMAN MIGRATION
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) rescued 56 Migrants going from Philippines to Malaysia (human trafficking).
Incidents occurred last week :
Reminder about Singapore strait transit protection measures :
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.