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Pirates steal cargo from product tanker

On 2 May, eight pirates armed with guns boarded the vessel whilst she was making way in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The Singapore-registered petroleum product tanker departed Singapore for Myanmar.

The pirates ordered the vessel to anchor at 02° 19.3 .64’ N, 101° 40.4’ E (off Port Dickson) where a barge came alongside. Whilst the master and crew were locked away, 2023 MT of gas oil was discharged to the barge.

The pirates left the vessel on 3 May 15, after damaging the ship’s communication equipment and took away the ship’s Iridium phone, the crew’s cash and mobile phones. The vessel only managed to contact the Company Security Officer (CSO) to report the incident.

The ship returned to its home port and all crew was reported safe and not injured.

It is the fifth attack on a small tanker in Southeast Asian waters this year with aim of stealing the vessel’s cargo. Whilst the crew was not harmed, the criminal act of holding them under threat, stealing their cash and personal belongings; and the vessel’s cargo is unacceptable.

The ReCAAP ISC and its partners condemns the maritime act and advises all vessels to exercise enhanced vigilance while transiting the area, and report all incidents to the nearest coastal State; and urges relevant authorities to increase surveillance, render timely responses and follow-up on this transnational crime.

Source: ReCAAP ISC

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