Product tanker Ad Matsu attacked by pirates in South China Sea

Incident actually armed robbery at sea rather than piracy. 
The asphalt and bitumen product tanker, Ad Matsu, was attacked by pirates in South China Sea, 15 nautical miles north of Tanjung Berakit, Indonesia. The vessel was en route from Singapore to Hai Phong, Vietnam, but near the island Pulau Bintan was reached by fast boat from the starboard.
Six armed men succeeded to board the vessel and took control of the tanker. The crew was locked in the mess room, while pirates robbed the vessel and stole ship’s petty cash and crew belongings. After robbery the pirates abandoned the vessel and fled towards Malaysia. There were no injuries reported during the attack.
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MAST Comment:
While the media report above is a little sketchy, we have the full incident report in our Intelligence Report Series 17/08/16.

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