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SINGAPORE:Risk: Thieves target slow-moving unmanned barges, Singapore

Fecha de la noticias: 14/03/2019 • Publicada: 14/03/2019 

Background

Barges under tow in the approaches to the Singapore Strait have been targeted by thieves.

In the first quarter of 2019 there were at least two reports of barges being boarded in the shipping lanes to the west of the Strait.

The thieves boarded the barges in daylight and stole from their cargoes of scrap iron.

The two incidents took place in waters between the Indonesian island of Karimunbesar and Malaysia’s Johor coast.

In the second of the two incidents, in early March, eleven thieves were seen to board.

The tugs towing the barges were unmolested.

Assessment and Analysis

Most of the cases of theft from vessels underway in the Singapore area are recorded as taking place near the western sector of the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS).

An analysis by the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery ReCAAP), which covered the eleven years to 2018, found unmanned scrap metal barges were among the vessels most frequently targeted.

Their slow speed and low freeboard made them particularly vulnerable.

Thieves were able to board the barges after coming alongside in small boats and sampan.

Many of the incidents took place in daylight.

Tug masters should be vigilant for the approach of small craft when underway and report all suspicious activity

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