Three pirate attacks reported

Three pirate attacks reported

Singapore: Two tankers were hit by pirates on March 6 and a bulker was also attacked this morning, all near Singapore, according to an alert by the Information Sharing Centre of Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).

ReCAAP urges all vessels transiting the area to enhance vigilance and report all incidents to the nearest coastal state immediately.

The three incidents involved groups of 4-5 men armed with knives boarding vessels while underway during hours of darkness.

“Without detailed reporting by the masters about the robbers’ boarding and modus operandi, it is assessed that the same group of robbers or robbers from some syndicate could be involved,” ReCAAP suggested.  [10/03/14]