A. ROBBERY / PIRACY
23/03 : One Attempted Action reported on a Product Tanker berthed in CAIP Terminal, Batangas Port, Philippines (POS : 13°43'24N Long: 121° 3'23.93"E).
B. MARITIME INCIDENTS
16/03 : Taiwanese government vessels were collided by speedboats off Little Kinemon, Taiwan, while they were driving off fishing vessel and removing illegal fishing nets;
19/03 : General cargo ship collided with a small boat off Awaji Island in Japan, but no injuries or damage was reported;
20/03 : Two general cargo ships collided in Nagoya Port in Japan but no injuries or significant damages were reported.
23/03 : Indonesian authorities intercepted a motor boat carrying one ton of cyanide
D. ILLEGAL MIGRATION
21/03 : Taiwan Coast Guard arrested 31 stowaways aboard a fishing boat in the waters of Pingtung County and two suspect has been detained for being linked to a smuggling ring.
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.