The captain of an unnamed Marshall islands-flagged vessel was sent to hospital in Singapore, having been attacked during a robbery on a ship early on Friday morning October 27th.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) was notified of the robbery onboard the bulk carrier in the Strait of Malacca, outside Singapore’s territorial waters. The vessel was en route to Singapore.
The MRCC directed the vessel to anchor off the western part of Singapore to facilitate a search by the Police Coast Guard. The search was completed onboard and nothing was reported missing.
The captain was reported to be in a stable condition.
Robbery cases off Singapore have risen significantly this year. Local authorities have warned ships to be vigilant when transiting the area, particularly in the Philip Channel, where vessels typically slow down significantly when turning.