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SINGAPORE:Risk: Thieves target slow-moving unmanned barges, Singapore
Fecha de la noticias: 14/03/2019 • Publicada: 14/03/2019
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
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
The tugs towing the barges were unmolested.
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
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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