Three vessels were boarded in succession while under way in the eastbound lane of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on 17 June, according to a report by anti-piracy watchdog ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC).
Bulk carrier Densa Shark, LNG tanker Clipper Posh, and tanker Pro Triumph were boarded by armed men within three hours close to each other, between 4 nm and 10 nm. It is believed that the same group is behind all three incidents.
Brazil-registered Densa Shark was boarded at 02:21 h local time by three men armed with knives. However, they were soon sighted by the crew who raised the alarm, forcing the men to flee the scene empty-handed. Similarly, armed men who boarded Norway-flagged Clipper Posh at 05:30 h local time at 3.9 nm northeast of Pulau Takong Kecil, Indonesia, fled the scene after they were spotted by the crew.
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Panama-flagged Pro Triumph was boarded by five men at 05:25 h local time at approximately 6.9 nm southwest off Pulau Takong Kecil. The men stole the vessel’s generator parts after tying up the chief engineer and first engineer. They fled the ship with the stolen parts when crew members sounded the alarm.