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Sea robbery attempt in Singapore Strait foiled by Singapore and Indonesian navies

Christian Fernsby |
A daring robbery attempt by three pirates in the Singapore Strait Monday morning was foiled by the close cooperation between the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indonesian navy (TNI-AL).

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The Maritime Port and Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) Port Operations Command Centre received a report from a Liberian flagged shipping vessel Sam Jaguar at 5.11am that pirates had boarded the ship, and had been locked in the engine room by the ship’s crew.

The RSN’s Maritime Security Task Force immediately began to monitor the vessel closely and dispatched its littoral mission vessel RSS Independence and police coast guard craft to the location.

At the same time, the RSN’s Information Fusion Centre shared real-time information on the incident with Indonesian authorities.

This information helped TNI-AL to eventually apprehend the pirates in Indonesian waters after deploying two ships and a helicopter to hail and board Sam Jaguar.

Sam Jaguar’s crew were safe and unharmed.

“Today’s operational outcome is due to the good cooperation and quick response between Singaporean and Indonesian enforcement agencies,” said Information Fusion Centre head Lieutenant-Colonel Gary Ow.

“By working closely together with the shipping community and littoral states to monitor our waters and share information, we can quickly cue operational responses and keep up the pressure on sea robbers to bring sea robbery incidents down.”