Pirates Attack Two Vessels in Asia

Bad start to the month. 

Pirates Attack Two Vessels in Asia

By Wendy Laursen

Two pirate attacks have been reported to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre this month.

On Friday, a general cargo ship was boarded by two pirates while at Sandakan Port Berth No. 4 in Malaysia. The alarm was raised and crew mustered. Seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped, taking with them some stolen property.

Last Wednesday, a product tanker was boarded while under way around 62 nautical miles north of Pulau Uwi in Indonesia. Around 15-25 pirates armed with pistols boarded and hijacked the vessel, taking the crew hostage. They damaged onboard equipment and stole crew personal belongings. The pirates also transferred the ship’s cargo into another vessel and escaped. All crew are safe and the tanker is sailing to a safe port.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

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