- The Republic of Singapore Navy and the Indonesian Navy foiled a piracy attempt.
- Pirates boarded a shipping vessel and were locked in the engine room by the ship’s crew.
- Maritime Security Task Force immediately began to monitor the vessel closely.
- A littoral mission vessel RSS Independence and police coast guard craft were dispatched.
- The pirates were apprehended and the crew was reported to be safe.
- Eight piracy attempts in the Singapore Strait have been reported this year as of February.
According to an article published in The Strait Times, a robbery attempt by pirates was thrawted by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL).
The Maritime Port and Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) Port Operations Command Centre received a report from a Liberian-flagged shipping vessel Sam Jaguar at 5.11 am that pirates had boarded the ship, and had been locked in the engine room by the ship’s crew.
Vessel tracked and seized
The RSN’s Maritime Security Task Force immediately began to monitor the vessel closely and dispatched its littoral mission vessel RSS Independence and police coast guard craft to the location.
At the same time, the RSN’s Information Fusion Centre shared real-time information on the incident with Indonesian authorities.
This information helped TNI-AL to eventually apprehend the pirates in Indonesian waters after deploying two ships and a helicopter to hail and board Sam Jaguar.
Crew reported safe
Sam Jaguar’s crew were safe and unharmed.
Information Fusion Centre head Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Ow said, “Today’s operational outcome is due to the good cooperation and quick response between Singaporean and Indonesian enforcement agencies“.
He further added, “By working closely together with the shipping community and littoral states to monitor our waters and share information, we can quickly cue operational responses and keep up the pressure on sea robbers to bring sea robbery incidents down.“
Piracy attempts in Singapore Strait
Eight piracy attempts in the Singapore Strait have been reported this year as of February. There was a marked uptick last year in the number of such incidents in the Singapore Strait, with 31 attempts reported.
In 2018, there were just eight cases in both the Singapore Strait and the Strait of Malacca, nine in 2017 and two in 2016.
According to the MPA, the maritime sector contributes about 7 percent of Singapore’s gross domestic product, with more than 130,000 ships calling here every year.
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