No incidents logged by UKMTO for the period observed, but several incidents in Indonesian waters over the last week, including one which may well be serious.
Last week, ReCAAP warned about a spate of attempted robberies off Nipa Anchorage.
On May 28th, four men boarded a bulk carrier at 0625 LT, underway SW of Nipa Anchorage. Nothing was stolen and the crew were uninjured. On the same day at or around 1042 LT, a tug towing a barge full of scrap metal, underway in the Westbound lane, NW of Nipa Anchorage, spotted four men board the barge from the stern. The Master and crew tried to scare them off, and the Singapore Police Coast Guard deployed a patrol craft, but the men escaped in their small boats. Nothing was stolen from the barge and the crew were uninjured.
On May 29th, at around 0353 LT, a bulk carrier was underway SW of Nipa Anchorage when four men boarded from the stern of the ship and went in to the engine room. The Master conducted a search but the men had escaped and again, nothing had been stolen.
Then, on Friday 30th, ReCAAP issued an alert concerning a missing tanker. The Thai-registered Orapin 4 has not been heard from since May 27th, when she left Singapore bound for Indonesia with a cargo of 3,377 metric tonnes of diesel (ADF). The owners tried to contact the ship on May 28th but received no response, nor did the vessel arrive in Pontianak, Indonesia, on schedule.
The ship’s last known position was on May 27th at around 1730 LT, approximately 3.64nm off Pulau Batam, Indonesia. The ship has a crew of 14 Thai nationals on board. Vessels in the area are being asked to keep a look out for her and, on Saturday, the IMB’s Noel Choong confirmed that it could have fallen prey to hijackers.