While at anchor approximately 15 nm east of Johor, Malaysia in the afternoon hours of 8 September, three perpetrators boarded the ship through the anchor cable hawse pipe.
They stole a life raft and four hose couplings from the forecastle area, and gain access to the forward store and stole a rescue harness, two small coils of fire hose and some additional fire hose fittings.
The perpetrators disembarked the ship through the hawse pipe at about 1740 hrs.
The incident was classified as a CAT 4 incident, which is the ‘least significant’ in nature. Under this category, the perpetrators were not armed and the crew not harmed.
The ReCAAP ISC urges ship master and crew to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships to the nearest coastal State and flag State, exercise vigilance and adopt relevant preventive measures taking reference from the Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia.
ReCAAP ISC's latest figures for August 2019 showed that both the total number of incidents and the number of actual incidents reported during January-August 2019 were the lowest among the 13-year period of January-August of 2007-2019.
The improvement of the situation during January-August 2019 can be attributed to the decrease in the number of incidents in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.