The first incident occurred in the Malacca strait, Singapore on March 5 2019. The attack was against the vessels Sung Fatt 31, a tug boat and Sung Fatt 36 a barge.
While sailing, the ship’s crew spotted 11 perpetrators boarding the barge that was being towed by the tug boat from two small crafts. The tug boat and barge were carrying scrap iron, bound for Penang, Malaysia. At about 1145 hrs, the master reported that the 11 perpetrators have escaped in their small crafts with some scrap iron being stolen. There was no confrontation with the crew. All crew are safe.
Although no injuries were reported, some scrap iron was stolen according to ReCAAP.
The second incident took place in the High Sea of the Gulf of Guinea on February 21 2019. The attack was against Kota Satria, a Singapore container ship.
While sailing, more than four perpetrators armed with guns onboard an unlit fast boat tried to board the ship.
Two of the perpetrators attempted to hook a ladder to ship’s hull but was not successful hence slowed down the pursuit. The perpetrators then fired two gun shots toward the ship’s bridge and subsequently to the ship’s accommodation.
The master-initiated security procedure and contacted company security officer via Shore Emergency Contact Number (SECN) as well as the company’s armed escort vessel and the Nigerian Navy and carried out evasive manoeuvre as per company procedure.
The Master arranged to rendezvous with armed escort ship on about 30 nm away. At 0330 hrs (local time), the ship met the escort and both ships proceeded to Port of Onne.
No item was stolen from the vessel.
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.