The Singapore based anti piracy
information centre have urged the ship masters and crew to exercise extra
vigilance while transiting the waters off Eastern Sabah and the in the Sulu
Celebes seas and in particular the waters off the Sibutu island because of the
presence of the Sulu based Abu Sayyaf ransome group in the area
The centre has issued a Warning based on information from the Philippine
Coast Guard (ReCAAP Focal Point) This was
about an incident involving a bulk carrier, Akij Pearl off Sibutu Island,
Tawi-Tawi, Philippines on March 3 rd.
While the bulk carrier was underway, an unidentified speed boat with three
perpetrators on board attempted to board the ship. The master reported the
incident to the Philippine Navy Littoral Monitoring Station (LMS). There was no
mention if the perpetrators were armed.
This information is to provide maritime situational awareness for mariners
operating in the area.