A. ROBBERY / PIRACY :
1 suspicious approach on french flagged tanker underway in Singapore Strait (09 Mar - during the night).
B. MARITIME INCIDENTS :
A container ship reportedly collided with pilot boat while entering Taipei Port, Taiwan, on arrival from Taichung Taiwan causing one death and one person missing (09 Mar).
C. CONTRABAND :
Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center (THAI-MECC) announced that 319.6 kg of ICE have been found at sea off Trat province
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.