Tanker Kyosei Maru dog fight – dogs defended the ship from Indonesian officials
Indonesian customs and border guard tried to stop for the check tanker Kyosei Maru, which was crossing Indonesian waters off Batam, Malacca Strait, in the morning Dec 2. It is not explained by the authorities, why did they find the vessel to be suspicious. Tanker didn’t obey orders and kept sailing. Patrol boat closed tanker, officers tried to board the vessel, but were met by five ferocious dogs, unleashed by the crew. Dogs held the fort until one of them was shot dead. Tanker loaded with 1,300 tons of crude oil or oil products was heading for Malaysia, officials said there were no papers on the cargo, vessel’s papers were also missing. Tanker was detained and anchored off Batam.
Using dogs for protection seems to be quite a good idea, in the waters where small tankers are most vulnerable to piracy attacks. Providing of course, the dogs will be protected from the officials.