Armed robbery incidents rise around the Singapore Strait

Incidents of armed robbery against ships continue to occur to ships while underway in the Singapore Strait. From April 8 to 11, three incidents were reported onboard ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the strait, one of the busiest waterways in the world. The three incidents occurred in close proximity to each other.

The perpetrators were sighted in the engine room in two of last week’s incidents.

All ships are advised to exercise enhanced vigilance and adopt extra precautionary measures in the busy shipping lane.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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