Further piracy worries off Sabah

Crew working on the OSV Armada Tuah have warned of the possibility of pirates operating around an oil field 120 km northwest of Labuan in Sabah – waters that have seen Abu Sayyaf, a Philippine militant group, rise to prominence in recent weeks.

The ship sent a distress signal on Wednesday as four smaller ships tailed it. However, Malaysian enforcement officials have yet to find any suspicious activity in the area.
A number of tugs have been targeted in the same area lately with hostages taken and ransoms demanded.


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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