UAE's Aframax tanker boarded by pirates, Singapore Strait

Underway tanker GP T2 was attacked by pirates at night Oct 30 in Singapore Strait, some 6.5 nm northeast of Terumbu Betata, Batam Island, Indonesia, reported ReCAAP. Five pirates armed with knives boarded tanker at around 0142 LT Oct 30, went into engine room, tied up duty oiler, stole some spare parts and fled in a small boat. Master informed the Singapore Vessel Traffic Information System, crew searched the ship, no other intruders were found. Crew uninjured, tanker continued sailing from Singapore to China. On a photo GP T2 under previous name VARADA LALIMA.
Comment: tanker most probably, was in load, with low freeboard, enabling pirates to climb on board.

IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this vessel as having an ‘amber’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 38% (04-SEP-17), compared to the fleet average 34.8%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.

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