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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Latest Piracy Report ICC Commercial Crime Services (to 27 June 05)

No major events reported here, but a continuing series of minor robberies or attempted robberies. The following seems to fit the MO of Malacca Strait kidnap for ransom pirates: 0.06.2005 at 1015 LT in position 01:17N - 104:12E, Singapore straits.
Persons wearing dark clothes in four speedboats with open tops about 6-8 mtrs long, approached a tug underway. Bosun raised alarm and crew mustered. One boat came very close to stern and persons inside attempted to board. Crew activated fire hoses and boats moved back and later moved away. One lesson is that an alert crew makes a difference.

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