ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, an Asian piracy monitoring organisation, today issued a warning based on information from the Philippine Coast Guard about an incident involving a bulk carrier, Akij Pearl, off Sibutu Island near the Malaysian state of Sabah.
On Wednesday morning while the 56,045 dwt bulk carrier was underway, an unidentified speedboat with three perpetrators onboard attempted to board the ship. The master reported the incident to the Philippine Navy Littoral Monitoring Station. There was no mention if the perpetrators were armed.
“As the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group/Kidnap-for-Ransom Group (ASG/FRG) elements are based in the area of the incident, the ReCAAP ISC urges ship master and crew to exercise extra vigilance when transiting the waters off Eastern Sabah and in the Sulu-Celebes Seas, in particular waters off Sibutu Island,” ReCAAP ISC stated in an alert.