Three carriers robbed in two days on Singapore Strait

Three bulk carriers were robbed in the Singapore Strait over two days last week, according to a Singapore-based regional maritime security centre ISC.

The “petty crime” incidents occurred on August 8th and 9th happened when the ships were in the Phillip Channel, the IFC said.

One of the ships was flagged to Cyprus, while the other two to Libera, the IFC said.

The majority of the incidents “involved bulk carriers, and tugs and barges with low freeboard and slow speed while underway, and the incidents occurred in hours of darkness,” it said.

Given the proximity, time intervals, and the number of people involved, all three robberies were probably carried out by the same group of perpetrators, the IFC said.