A. ROBBERY / PIRACY
4 events reported last week :
16 Mar : 1 Attempted action during the night, by 3 perpetrators, on a Bulk Carrier underway, East of Pulau Karimun Kecil, Indonesia (near Singapore Strait);
13 Mar : 1 Attempted action during the night, by 2 perpetrators, on a Container Vessel anchored at Belawan, Indonesia
12 Mar : 1 Attempted action during the night on a Tanker anchored in General Santos Harbour, Philippines
06 Mar : 1 Sea Theft on a Tug ad Barge anchored in Chittagong, Bangladesh
B. MARITIME INCIDENTS
Off Honshu, Japan : A tanker collided with a fishing vessel south of Cape Irago Lighthouse, Honshu, Japan, and is now anchored at Toba anchorage for investigation.
Off Maluku, Indonesia : A vessel sunk in waters off eastern Maluku, Indonesia, resulting in 15 people missing as rough seas hold off rescuers.
Off Xiamen, China : Cargo ship sank in southern Taiwan Strait south of Xiamen, and 3 crew are missing.
Sri-Lankan Police Narcotics Bureau discovered a freight container with 99.5 kilograms of heroin disguised as potatoes and arrested seven people.
A drug smuggler was arrested for attempting to smuggle Meth (21.19kg) hidden inside tyres into Sabah, Malaysia.
During two search operations carried out in northern seas today, the Sri Lankan Navy seized 485 kg of Kerala cannabis.
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.