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Increased Piracy Activity in S. China Sea

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 22, 2010 10:42 AM

Published: 2010-06-22 10:42:11
Topics: Piracy Reports 2010
Countries: Indonesia , Malaysia

Below is a summary of a recent warning issued by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) concerning the security situation for a South China Sea Crossing.

Targets appear to be merchant ships, with two centres of activity. One is to the west of and close to the Anambas Islands (Indonesia). The other is centred on the sea lane between Pulau Bungaran and Pulau Subi Besar (Indonesia). The former group is close to the direct route from Tioman (Malaysia), which passes about 18 miles S of the Anambas Islands, and the latter group is close to the direct route from Terengganu, Malaysia to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Our thanks to David Woodhouse of Rally Sail Indonesia for forwarding this information to noonsite and to SY Sea Bunny for the summary.

Piracy Warning For South China Sea
17 June 2010

The International Maritime Bureau has issued a piracy warning to all ships transiting off Mangkai Island / Anambas Islands / South China Sea.

IMB says "three vessels have been attacked by armed pirates in the last few days in position lat. 02:58N Ð 105:14E, 02:58N Ð 105:11E and 02:47N Ð 105:07E. It appears that a group of about five to eight armed pirates are targeting vessels during the hours of darkness in the area. The authorities have been notified."

The pirates stole personal items before fleeing in a wooden boat. There were no injuries to the crew. IMB believed all three attacks were carried out by the same gang of pirates. Indonesian authorities have been notified, and strict anti-piracy watches are recommended.

Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) piracy monitoring centre said the latest attack brought to 14 the number in the area so far this year. "The attacks that began on June 10 are concentrated in an area near Indonesia's Anambas, Natuna and Mangkai islands," he told AFP. "We have issued alerts on the area in the past and have again informed the Indonesian authorities, asking for an increase in patrols," he added. "The attacks go down following an increase in patrols but they slowly creep up again once patrols are reduced," he added.

"Unlike Somalian pirates, the ones in the region abort their attempts when they are spotted so we advise all vessels to ensure they are vigilant to prevent such boardings," he added.

Any attacks should be reported to the IBM Piracy Reporting Centre.

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