Dryad: Singapore Strait Needs Permanent Security Presence

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Dryad Maritime, in its report looks at the continuing security deterioration in Southeast Asia, including contributing factors and the impact upon maritime trade.  Based on the assessment, Dryad Maritime suggests a permanent security presence in Singapore Strait especially during the hours of darkness.

Security Issues:

  • Recently six vessels experienced either boarding or attempted pirate boardings in the eastbound lane.
  • 27 incidents in the last 10 weeks have been reported  within a 15 nautical mile (NM) radius of Pulau Nipah.
  • A total of 75 security violations in 2015 alone, in Singapore Strait.
  • Very little involvement from regional security forces.

Dryad recommendations:

  • All low access points, non-essential entry and exit points and machinery compartments be secured and extra lookouts be posted while in the Straits.
  • Extra vigilance by patrol and lookouts, and increased security measures will mitigate the risk off petty theft.
  •  A high visual presence on the upper deck is often enough to prevent a vessel being targeted. Patrols should ideally consist of at least two crew members.
  • Early identification of any potential threat will allow crew members time to raise an alarm, which will result in criminals fleeing the scene in majority of cases.
  • Crewmembers should be compliant in order to avoid the risk of physical attack by potentially armed criminals.

Source: Dryad Maritime

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