Three ship boardings in one day off Pulau Bintan
Three ship boardings occurred near an anchorage area in South China Sea, off Pulau Bintan, Indonesia within a span of one day.
According to a source, a bulk carrier was boarded by four robbers, armed with knives on 24 September.
The Panama-flagged, 46,541dwt vessel was anchored in the South China Sea approximately 10 n miles north of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia, in Lat. 01 24N., Long. 104 34E at 06.00 hours.
However, the sea robbers soon fled empty-handed after duty crew spotted them, sounded the alarm and mustered the crew.
In the second incident, bunkering tanker Sentek 23 was boarded by 10 robbers armed with guns, swords and machetes from a wooden craft at 05.30 hours on 25 September, according to data from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).
The Singapore-flagged tanker was then anchored in the South China Sea around 10.75 n miles north of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia, in Lat. 01 24.21N., Long. 104 35.36E.