Attempted Armed Robbery Aboard Bulk Carrier Underway in Singapore Straits
November 27, 20:45 UTC: While underway in the Singapore Straits (posn. 01:17.79N – 104:20.47E) a duty engine crew onboard a bulk carrier was confronted by an unspecified number of persons armed with knives. The unauthorized persons threatened the crew member with a knife and attempted to take him hostage. The CM managed to escape and raised the alarm resulting in the crew mustering. Seeing the alerted crew the unauthorized persons escaped without stealing anything. Master reported the incident to VTIS. A patrol boat was dispatched to the location. Vessel and crew are safe.