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During 5-11 Oct 21, one incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia.

Namely, the CAT 4 incident occurred on 6 Oct to a tanker while underway in the Singapore Strait (SS) at approximately 3.3nm NNE of Nongsa Point, Batam Island (Indonesia).

As explained, the master sighted three unauthorised persons in the vicinity of the engine room of the ship. The ship alarm was raised and a search on board the ship was carried out. The crew was safe and some engine spares were reportedly stolen.

With this incident, a total of 27 incidents had occurred in the SS since January 2021. In light of the situation, ship master and crew to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships to the nearest coastal State and flag State, exercise vigilance and adopt relevant preventive measures taking reference from the Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia.

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The bulker Trudy was intercepted and boarded by French police off Dunkirk on October 1, in the aftermath of a drug bust.

The ship was diverted to the port for search, with officials finding and removing more than one ton of cocaine that had been concealed on board.

As a result,19 members of the Trudy’s crew were arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and the vessel was detained and moored alongside at Dunkirk’s west bulk cargo terminal.

However, on October 12, about 10 armed intruders boarded the vessel and took the replacement crew captive. The leaders were “violent and threatening” in their manner, the police said.

The boarders searched the vessel but did not take anything, while no injuries were reported.

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Masters and crews are urged to stay vigilant and implement proper security procedures to prevent unlawful access to their vessel while in South African ports.

According to Gard’s correspondent in South Africa, P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd, stowaways continue to board vessels in the country’s ports far too frequently.

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Amid COVID-19 outbreak situation, Indonesia updated its entry requirements for foreign seafarers, according to the latest information by GAC.

For Indian crew members coming to Indonesia to join their vessel, an E-Visa may be issued. However, they are required to quarantine for 14 days in India before entering Indonesia, and for another 8 days in the country before joining their ship. A No Objection Letter (NOC) from the police is compulsory.

Visa on arrival is still not available in Indonesia for Joiners/Superintendents from Afghanistan, Guinea, Israel, North Korea, Cameron, Liberia, Nigeria and Somalia.

Meanwhile, the below nationalities will be strictly monitored upon arrival at CGK Airport, Jakarta:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nigeria

Concluding, there is possibility that crews may be repatriated, thus close coordination to related parties will be needed.