Another Boarding/(Attempted) Theft Aboard Barge Being Towed in Westbound Lane of TSS in Singapore Strait
July 25: At approx. 07:03 LT, while underway approx. 2.6nm SE of Tanjung Piai, Johor, Malaysia (westbound lane of TSS in Singapore Strait), an unknown number of perpetrators boarded the barge, VICTORY 9, which was loaded with scrap metal on board. The Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) contacted the master of tug boat, VIRGO 29 via VHF and told him that a number of sampans were approaching the barge.
The master raised the alarm, and the perpetrators escaped. No item was stolen from the barge. The ship proceeded to the next port of call in Penang, Malaysia.