One incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia.

The incident occurred on board a barge towed by a tug boat while underway off Tajung Setapa, Johor, Malaysia, in the Singapore Strait (SS) on 17 September.

With this incident, a total of 41 incidents were reported in the SS since January 2022.

The Centre advises ships to continue to exercise enhanced vigilance when transiting areas of concern, including the Singapore Strait and the Sulu-Celebes Seas.

Recommendation

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 appropriate preventive measures taking reference from the Regional Guide 2 to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia.