by Staff Writers
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) June 15, 2014
Malaysia's navy has fought off a pirate attack on a tanker off its east coast in the South China Sea, the International Maritime Bureau said Sunday.
The Malaysian force was assisted by the Indonesian and Singaporean navies in fending off the attack late Saturday, said Noel Choong, head of the IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre.
The pirates fled the Singapore-managed tanker after navy patrol boats arrived before they could loot the vessel, the international body said.
"The Malaysian navy quickly dispatched a patrol boat and managed to intercept the tanker. Pirates managed to escape before the arrival of the naval boat," the IMB said in a report.
It added that the crew and cargo were safe, but gave no further details about the tanker or the pirates.
There has been a spate of pirate attacks recently in waters off Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
The United Nations warned Thursday that Southeast Asia has become the world's piracy hotspot, after an international clampdown slashed the number of hijackings off the coast of war-torn Somalia.
Attacks in Southeast Asia topped 150 last year after starting an upward trend since 2010, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) said in a report.
Piracy reports in the region had steadily dropped in previous years following stepped-up patrols and cooperation between neighbouring countries to secure waterways.
21st Century Pirates
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|