Gun toting robbers have attacked a Singapore-registered tug as it sailed off Johor in the southern tip of Malaysia.
The Crest Gold 1 was towing the barge Crest 282 when it was boarded by four attackers in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The incident took place in position 1° 16.01’N, 104° 17.6’E about 5.34nm north of Tanjung Tondang, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia.
The robbers stole a computer laptop and some valuables from the crew before escaping. There were no reports of any injuries to the tug’s crew.
Details of the incident were disclosed by the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre.
The Singapore-based ReCAAP said this was the fourth incident in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore since the start of this year.
There has been a surge in the number of incidents involving tugs towing barges in the same area, with 18 incidents report last year.
ReCAAP repeated its warning to masters, especially those of tugs, to exercise “enhanced vigilance” when operating in the area.