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.
Crude oil tanker GP T2, IMO 9169536, dwt 107176, built 1997, flag Panama, manager SILVER STAR SHIP MANAGEMENT, UAE.



Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.