SOUTH CHINA SEA
A total of five attacks
has been reported for the Area around Anambas Island
, South China Sea since 24.03.2008 (Latest 15th June) in the following positions :
Pirates in speedboats armed with Guns and long knives are attacking vessels and targeting vesselĺs cash and properties. All vessels are advised to maintain a vigilant, 24 hrs, anti - piracy watch both visually and on radar while transiting these waters. Report all sightings of suspicious boats.
Cruising Yachts should avoid these islands !!!
Report just come in on Pirate attack just south of Tioman Islands (west of Anambas) Tioman
is a favourite cruising area:
"Pirates attack tug in Malaysia
Pirates have attacked a tug off Malaysia, reports the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia. The Singapore-registered tug boat, Wecoy 6, was towing the barge Cakrawala from Can Tho, Vietnam to Singapore when the attack took place. At 0130 hrs on 29 June 2008, the tug boat was approximately 10 nm south of Pulau Tioman
when six men armed with long knives and axe boarded the tug boat from a long white speedboat with twin outboard motors. Four other men stood by and waited in the speedboat. After stealing personal items belonging to the crew, they sped off towards Pulau Pemanggil. No crew were injured in the attack. The Singapore Port Operations Control Centre (POCC) has initiated a NAVTEX broadcast warning ships in the vicinity to look out for fast moving craft approaching their ships and to increase anti-piracy watch. "