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Threat: Thieves targeting ships at anchor
Fecha de la noticias: 12/02/2018 • Publicada: 12/02/2018
Thieves continue to target ships at anchor in Indonesian ports and
Perpetrators board ships either alone or in gangs and generally operate at
night. They are often armed with knives.
Although there were cases of seafarers being tied up, an analysis of attacks
in 2017 showed it was rare for crew members to be assaulted.
In most cases intruders fled when confronted.
It is difficult to estimate how many ships have been targeted by criminals
in Indonesian waters as many incidents are thought to go unreported.
The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery in
Asia (ReCAAP) recorded 30 attacks on shipping in Indonesian waters in 2017.
The most serious, in November, west of the Indonesian port of Singkawang,
saw robbers armed with parangs target a tug towing a barge laden with palm oil.
The barge was seized and some crew members taken hostage.
The seafarers were eventually released unharmed and the barge was recovered
but its cargo had been stolen.
That attack however was an exception.
Most of the incidents were opportunistic with perpetrators coming alongside
ships at night and clambering aboard, sometimes climbing anchor chains.
Perpetrators typically stole ship stores taking articles that included
portable compressors, mooring ropes and engine spares.
More than a quarter of the incidents took place off Tanjung Berakit, on the
island of Pulau Bintan, at the eastern entrance to the Strait of Singapore.
Most of those attacks were against ships at anchor although thieves also
boarded vessels while they were underway.
Indonesia’s Marine Police has been mounting extra patrols at ten designated
safe anchorages, including one at Tanjung Berakit and ships are advised to use
the patrolled anchorages whenever possible.
They are also advised to maintain heightened vigilance and to report all
attacks and any suspicious activity.
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