Two incidents occurred on ships on February 9th within an hour while they were underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.
ReCAAP Focal Point (Singapore) reported to ReCAAP ISC two incidents that at about 02:20 bulk carrier New Spirit (IMO 9425801), while underway some 5.1 nm from Nongsa Point, Indonesia suffered six perpetrators armed with knives appearing in the engine room. The perpetrators ran onto the deck when they saw the crew. The master mustered the whole crew in the bridge. He reported the incident to Singapore VTIS East and requested to go to Singapore to conduct a further search. Upon arrival in Singapore, the Singapore Police Coast Guard boarded the ship to conduct further search. No perpetrators were found and nothing was reported stolen.
About half an hour later, crude oil tanker Swarna Jayanti (IMO 9467720) was underway about 6.2 nm from Nongsa Point when the crew sighted one perpetrator in the engine room. The master raised the alarm, mustered the crew and conducted search for the perpetrator. Some valves (engine spares) were reported missing from the engine room. No-one was injured.
ReCAAP ISC said that it was concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents in the Singapore Strait and the persistence of the perpetrators in their attempts to board ships. The perpetrators were not arrested, meaning that there was a possibility of further incidents reported in the Singapore Strait.
ReCAAP ISC recommended to the law enforcement agencies of the littoral States to further step up surveillance, increase patrols and enhance cooperation and coordination among them in order to respond promptly to incidents.
2010-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 32,287 gt New Spirit is owned by Gladstone Marine SA care of manager New Vision Shipping SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Gladstone Marine SA.
2010-built, India-flagged, 57,702 gt Swarna Jayanti is owned and managed by SCI of Mumbai, India. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Eastern Syndicate) on behalf of The Shipping Company of India (SCI).