Wednesday, September 02, 2009
A Cyprus-registered ship with the name, ‘Good Luck’, lived up to its name when it survived a pirate attack. Five pirates, armed with two machine guns and hooks, tried to board the bulk carrier anchored in the sea west of Pulau Nipa, south of Singapore. However, their attempt to board the carrier at 6.45pm turned futile after the shipmaster raised the alarm. On hearing the alarm, the men escaped in a boat, according to the Regional Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC), in its latest report.This was the third incident reported in the vicinity of Pulau Nipa since January this year, the centre said. The previous two incidents which involved two tugboats were on March 31 and June 22. ReCAAP said in all the three incidents, the pirates were armed with guns, including automatic assault rifle, shotgun and pistol. Two of the incidents occurred during daylight.