IFC - Information Fusion Centre - MARSEC Weekly Report
1. Highlights :
- MARITIME INCIDENTS
02/04 : Confrontation between three government (CG) vessels and three fishing vessels off Paracel Islands. One government vessel and fishing vessel allegedly collided, causing the fishing vessel to sink and the government vessels rescued and temporarily detained the eight fishermen on board, along with the other two fishing vessels;
02/04 : A ferry went missing in Solomon Islands waters due to bad weather conditions. A total of 738 people were on board. Of the 27 who fell overboard and went missing, six were found dead in waters near South Malaita. 21 remain missing.
03/04 : A Chemical Tanker allegedly collided with a fishing vessel in waters off Satahip, Thailand : the fishing vessel broke in two and the eight fishermen on board were rescued by another fishing vessel.
06/04 : A container vessel had an allision with a crane, subsequently with a berthed container vessel and another two cranes in Busan New Port, South-Korea. A crane operator was injured and sent to the hospital.
03/04 : The Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) apprehended two fishing vessels for illegal fishing activities in the North Natuna Sea.
04/04 : Malaysian Customs in North Port seized over six tonnes of pangolin scales from a container. They were found in a transshipment container from container vessel, whose last port of call was Nigeria and next port of call was likely in Vietnam.
06/04 : The Vietnam Coast Guard detained two vessels illegally carrying 100,000 litres of Diesel Oil and 6,500 litres of engine lubricant.
- ILLEGAL MIGRATION
05/04 : A boat with 199 Rohingya (149 males, 45 females, 5 kids) and 3 Myanmar was detained near a beach resort at Jalan Pantai Kok in Teluk Nibun
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.