Piracy flare-up triggers Strait alert

By Doan Loan   December 30, 2019 | 08:57 pm PT
Piracy flare-up triggers Strait alert
Men accused of piracy after attacking a Singaporean ship in Karimata strait are escorted by Indonesian navy sailors. Photo by Reuters/File.
Vessels entering Singapore Strait should take extra precaution against piracy, Vietnam Maritime Administration warned Monday.

It instructed other maritime administrations to inform ship captains, owners and shipping firms about pirate operations at sea, and enhance security measures when crossing the eastern region of Singapore Strait, Sulu-Celebes and Strait of Malacca.

About 12 instances of piracy and armed robbery aimed at vessels heading for the eastern region of Singapore Strait have been recorded from September 30 to December 25, the Vietnam maritime agency said, citing data from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).

Near 30 cases occurred in Singapore Strait and Strait of Malacca this year, 22 cases more compared to last year, it said.

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