ReCAAP ISC issues Alert on Incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait
February 2, 2021 Maritime Safety News
ReCAAP ISC today issued an Incident Alert (01/2021) on incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait. The incidents of armed robbery against ships continued to occur to ships while underway in the Singapore Strait.
During 25 – 29 Jan 2021, three incidents were reported on board ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.
The three incidents occurred in close proximity to each other and in particular, two incidents occurred within an interval of four hours. In all three incidents, the perpetrators were sighted in the engine room. However, nothing was reported stolen and the crew was safe with no confrontation with the perpetrators.
“ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents in the Singapore Strait,” the organisation stated.
In 2020, a total of 34 incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait; of which 30 incidents occurred in the eastbound lane, two in the precautionary area, one in the westbound lane and one just outside (south) of the TSS.
The ReCAAP ISC had issued five Incident Alerts on the incidents occurred in the eastbound lane of the TSS in the Singapore Strait and one Special Report on incidents against ships in the Singapore Strait in 2020.
“All ships are advised to exercise enhanced vigilance, adopt extra precautionary measures and report all incidents immediately to the nearest coastal State.”
Ship master and crew are advised to keep abreast of the latest situation (at https://www.recaap.org/) and tune-in to advisories and navigational broadcasts announced by the littoral States, ReCAAP ISC stated.
“The ReCAAP ISC urges the littoral States to increase patrols and enforcement in their respective waters, strengthen coordination among them and promote information sharing on the latest situation, and the criminal groups involved in order to make arrests of the perpetrators.”