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Local authorities are reporting 6 pirate attacks in just two days eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre says that the attacks, spanning Friday and Saturday, were all reported Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System via VHF and included five boardings and one attempted boarding.
As a precaution the Singapore Port Operation Control Center (POCC) immediately notified the authorities of the littoral States and initiated navigational broadcast to warn mariners to maintain anti-piracy watch.
ReCAAP says that due to the proximity and timing of the attacks, it is believed that the perpetrators could be from the same criminal group.
“From the description of the incidents, the perpetrators operated in about 4-5 persons, armed with knives and were opportunistic in nature without targeting specific vessels,” ReCAAP said in an update. “They aborted boarding when crew was alerted, and escaped empty-handed when the alarm was raised without harming the crew. Of concern was their persistence in ‘hovering’ in the vicinity seeking out their next target.”
A map and details of the attacks are below:
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