Two piracy attempts in Singapore Strait today; five attacks in just four days.

December 23, 2019 – The Straits Times (Singapore) reported today that under the cover of darkness, pirates attacked two vessels separately in the Singapore Strait today, bringing the total number of such incidents to five in just four days.

Singapore Strait

The latest attacks, which happened just after midnight and within two hours of each other, involved a bulk carrier and a tanker.
The pirates tied up crew members as they attempted to rob the ships but left empty-handed when the alarm was sounded in both instances.

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre had also issued alerts earlier following three separate incidents in the Singapore Strait on Dec 20.

“Of the three ships that were boarded, two were bulk carriers and one was a tanker. Due to the proximity of the incidents, the same group of perpetrators responsible for the incidents on Dec 20 cannot be ruled out,” the Singapore-based organization said.

It added that there have been 29 incidents in the Strait this year to date. Of these, 15 were travelling in the westbound lane, while 14 were in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait.

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