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IFC - Information Fusion Centre - MARSEC Weekly Report

1. Highlights:


  • One sea theft on a Singapore flagged Bulk Carrier "PACIFIC AURORA" while anchored at Kakinada, India;

  • Total events in 2020 : 85 incidents since the beginning of the year in IFC area of responsibility (compared to 66 at the same date in 2019).

  • Areas of interest:

  • Singapore Strait (and in vicinity): 21 incidents in 2017, 20 in 2018, 45 in 201926 in 2020;

  • Sulu Sea: No successful kidnapping of merchant vessels in this area since the attack on SUPER SHUTTLE TUG 1 in March 2017, but the latest maritime event was on a fishing vessel in January 2020. It is more likely that small craft, fishing vessels and local merchant vessels operating near the Sulu archipelago, from the southern area of ​​the Sulu Sea off Sabah to Zamboanga, will be primarily targeted considering the current destabilization of ASG groups by the Philippine army. However, any transit of a vessel with low freeboard and / or low speed in this area is still dangerous, especially for ships like pleasure crafts or yachts, the risk remaining high according to the Philippines CG;

  • Following anchorage areas:

  • Bangladesh: Chittagong;

  • India: Kakinada, Alang;

  • Indonesia: Anyer, Batam, Begawan, Belawan, Dumai, Merak, Muara Berau, Panjang, Sandakan, Samarinda, Taboneo and Tanjung Uban;

  • Philippines: ManilaBauan/Batangas, General Santos Harbour ;

  • Vietnam: Campha,  Ho Chi Minh, Vung Tau.


  • Oct 1: Malaysian authorities' foiled attempt to smuggle cigarettes (6.46 million sticks) at North Port of Port Klang;

  • Oct 2: Indian Police foiled an attempt to smuggle 170 kilos of Ganja to Sri Lanka via sea route and arrested three persons at Velivayal fishing hamlet near Sethubavachthira.


  • Oct 2 : A fishing vessel was completely destroyed after a fire broke out due to a gas explosion inside the vessel at Tharuvaikulam Fishing Harbour;

  • Oct 2: A dredger sailing at full speed struck anchored tanker with moored alongside supply vessel, in Melaka Anchorage, Malaysia, Malacca Strait;

  • Oct 5: A fishing vessel carrying 12 passengers has lost contact off Southern Bali, Indonesia; 

  • Oct 6: A cargo ship sunk off Danang, Vietnam, leaving six crew missing.

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