A tanker laden with a cargo of marine fuel oil was attacked by pirates in the Strait of Singapore in October, but the robbery attempt was thwarted by Malaysian maritime security forces.
Six pirates boarded the Liberia-flagged Almi Spirit in Indonesian waters near Karimun Island, said Aminuddin Abdul Rashid, head of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency in the Johor Bahru district.
Capt Rashid said the pirates, who were armed with machetes, fled after the ship’s crew raised an alarm and a nearby patrol vessel approached the tanker. The 105,571 dwt tanker was then escorted to Tanjung Piai in Malaysia.
No injuries were reported among its 26-member crew.
A total of 161 incidents of piracy and armed robbery were reported against ships in Asia in the January-September period, a 25% increase compared with 2014, according to Singapore-based anti-piracy watchdog ReCAAP.