Kuala Lumpur: Reports have emerged today of a double pirate strike with the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre in Malaysia detailing two pirate attacks that took place last week in Indonesia.
Pirates in double strike off Indonesia
In what looks to have been a twin strike by the same group, six to seven pirates armed with knives boarded a tug around 3nm NE of Tanjung Berakit last Wednesday night at 11pm. They took all the crew members hostage and tied them up stealing their cash and personal belongings.
Just a few hours later pirates boarded a tug towing a barge 8nm NE of Tanjung Berakit, taking the crew members hostage, tying the crew members up and locking them in a cabin. They then stole crew and ship properties before escaping the vessel.
Only last week SeaShip News identified Indonesia as a worrying piracy hotspot with the number of incidents reported by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) jumping 50% in a six-month period. Read that articlehere. [30/07/13]