The spate of incidents occurred in Singapore Strait to the north of Batam.
Details of incidents:
Vessel type – direction: Involved in 12 incidents:
- 6 bulk carriers 46.1%
- 2 tankers 23.2%
- 4 tugs and barges 30.7%
According to the report, the attacks were mostly against ships sailing in lower speed (10 knots) and with lower freeboards (below 10 metres), while the majority of targeted vessels (92.3%) were east bound.
a) Bulk carriers and tankers
- 8/12 incidents took place on bulk carriers and tankers, travelling at about 9-10 knots and were eastbound.
All incidents occurred between 2300hrs to 0530hrs during hours of darkness/ minimal illumination as previously highlighted
b) Tugs and barges
- 4/13 incidents were against slow moving tugs and barges.
- 2/4 incidents occurred in daylight between 1100hrs to 1500hrs
- 2 incidents took place between evening hours at 0200hrs to 0400hrs.
Considering the reported incidents, IFC provides recommendations for those who plan transiting or being anchored at the Singapore strait.
- Activate the ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) at all times.
- Timely reporting to the local authorities.
- Increase vigilance in watch-keeping and deploy additional lookouts. Be wary of suspicious small boats approaching. Take photo of the suspicious boat and send to IFC.
- Participate in the IFC Voluntary Community Reporting (VCR) System and provide status update, while in transit, as much 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.
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