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.
- 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.
- 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