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Following an October alert about unauthorised boarding of ships, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) says that another four incidents are reported to have taken place in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme of the Singapore Strait.

As previously reported, in October ReCAAP highlighted three incidents of unauthorised boarding of ships in the western sector of the Singapore Strait.

Now, the organisation has noted three actual incidents that occurred in the eastern sector of the Strait within a period of five days during 23-27 November and one attempted incident that took placed in the western sector on 25 October. The vessels involved were two bulk carriers (actual incidents), one chemical tanker (attempted incident) and one tug boat and barge (actual incident).

Another attempted incident against a chemical tanker was reported on 5 November in the westbound lane of TSS in the western sector of the Strait when the tanker was on the way to the eastbound lane.

With the occurrence of seven incidents from September to November 2019 in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait (in both western and eastern sectors), ReCAAP ISC advices all ships to exercise enhanced vigilance, adopt extra precautionary measures and report all incidents immediately to the nearest coastal State. 

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