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An armed robbery took place onboard the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier SBI Orion, while at Muara Berau Anchorage, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, in the early morning hours of 3 January.

The incident was classified as CAT 3, which is ‘less significant’ in nature, but the perpetrators could be armed.

While at anchor, three perpetrators armed with knives boarded the bulk carrier. The duty crew spotted the perpetrators at forecastle store, before they escaped with ship ropes. There was no injury to crew. The incident was reported to the local authorities.

The 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.