On 24 Oct 10 at or about 1620 hrs, a Singapore-registered tugboat, Surya Putra 5 was underway approximately 8 nm east of Selat Berhala, Indonesia (1° 01.4' S, 104° 29.40’ E) when two boats with 11 robbers armed with knives and parangs came alongside. The robbers demanded Marine Gas Oil (MGO) from the crew and threatened them when they expressed reluctance to give in as they may not have enough fuel left to reach their destination Palembang, Indonesia. Later, the robbers prevailed and escaped in their boats taking with them three drums of MGO. The crew was not injured. No personal belonging of the crew was stolen.
Surya Putra 5 IMO 9376581, dwt 300, built 2005, flag Singapore.
Strange pirates – maybe we witness new method of bunkering?