PIRATES ACTIVE IN SINGAPORE STRAIT
THREE pirate attacks were reported in the Singapore Strait area during April, according to the latest International Maritime Bureau weekly report. On 9 April, off Karimun Island, four robbers boarded a chemical tanker at anchor via the poop deck by using hooks attached to a rope.
The ship's crew tried to prevent them from boarding but failed. The robbers entered the engine room by breaking the engine room door lock. They robbers caught the duty ER rating and stole engine spares before escaping. Authorities informed. Indonesian coast guard informed their officers were on their way however, the coast guard boarded the ship on 29 April 2007 at 1115 LT and left at 1145 LT after conducting an investigation. On 25 April, also Karimun, off four armed robbers were spotted in the steering room of an LNG tanker during anchoring operations. The alarm was raised and crew mustered. The coastguard boarded the ship and a thorough search was conducted. No intruders were found. No one was injured.
Meanwhile, on 27 April, off Singapore Eastern Off Ports Limits four robbers armed with long knives boarded a tanker at anchor. They entered the engine room through an unlocked main deck door.
They threatened the duty engineer with a knife. They assaulted him, blindfolded him, tied him up, and made him lie down. However he managed to release himself and raise the alarm. The crew mustered and found that the robbers had stolen engine spares and escaped via the steering gear room door. Among other incidents reported were two at Lagos anchorage and one off Yemen.