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Incident Type: Robbery
Incident Date: 29 August 2023, 0800 UTC
Lat/Long: 3° 47' 16.20" N – 98° 41' 21.60" E
It has been reported that a robbery occurred on a bulk carrier whilst berthed at Belawan Port, Indonesia. Duty crew noticed three robbers armed with knives on the forecastle. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. Upon hearing the alarm the robbers escaped with stolen ship's stores. The incident was reported to the local authorities.
This is the 9th incident reported this year taking place within an Indonesian port, and the 59th incident reported near the Singapore & Malacca Straits since the beginning of the year; the fifth in August.
Ten similar incidents were reported in July, in which property was stolen aboard several of the vessels, including scrap metal and engine parts. Most incidents occurred while vessels were underway, with robbers being discovered by duty crew in or near the vessels' engine room, and often armed with knives.
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