The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has reported three incidents of armed robbery against ships occurred in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait over the weekend.
The incidents happened within the space of just six hours and in close proximity to each other.
In all three incidents, there was no confrontation between the perpetrators and the crew. Ship equipment and a lifebuoy were stolen in two of the incidents and nothing was stolen in the other incident.
The ships in the incidents were the oil tanker Zeno, and bulk carriers Lefkada and Atlantic Diana.
“The ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents in the Singapore Strait. As the perpetrators of these incidents are not arrested, there is a possibility of further incidents in the Singapore Strait. All ships are advised to exercise utmost vigilance, adopt extra precautionary measures and report all incidents immediately to the nearest coastal state,” ReCAAP said in a release.
With the three incidents, a total of 31 piracy incidents have been reported in the Singapore Strait since January.