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IFC: Update of boarding and attempted boarding incidents in the Singapore Strait

09 Nov 2022

Information Fusion Centre (IFC), a regional Maritime Security centre hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy, on Tuesday (8 November) released an infographic, which was shared to Manifold Times, on boarding and attempted boarding incidents in the Singapore Strait as of 8 November 2022:

Key Observations and Assessments

  • Of the four new incidents, three occurred in Phillip Channel, and one occurred in the Eastbound Lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS), within the Singapore Strait. Of note, the three incidents in Phillip Channel in Oct 2022, is the highest number of incidents in Phillip Channel recorded within a month since Jan 2022.
  • In all of the incidents, the perpetrators were not armed, and there was no confrontation and injury reported. Of note, one incident reported items stolen.
  • Two incidents (16 and 17 Oct 2022) occurred within 2 hours and 1nm apart from each other; assessed likely to be conducted

Recommended Actions for All Transiting Vessels

  • Remain vigilant, particularly when transiting the areas of concern in the Phillip Channel, and off Bintan and Batam
  • Adopt Ship Protection Measures recommended in the Regional Guide 2 to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia, e.g., (1) turn on weather deck lighting around the accommodation block and rear facing lighting on the poop deck, (2) maintain an all-round lookout at an elevated position with focus on suspicious small craft(s) approaching or in proximity to the ship’s aft, and (3) sound ship’s alarm when suspicious small craft(s) sighted
  • Participate in Voluntary Community Reporting as depicted in 4 th Edition MARSEC Charts Q6112 and Q6113; upon sighting of suspicious activities, immediately report to local authorities and inform the IFC

 

Photo credit: Information Fusion Centre

Published: 9 November, 2022

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