Tanker crew fights off robbers in Indonesia

Location of Horizon Maru at oil terminal in Kabil. Credit: IHS Markit AISLive ship tracking portal

Crew members manning an Indonesian chemical/products tanker foiled an attempted robbery by fighting off the perpetrators and detaining one of them.

The Riau Islands police commissioner, Alex Fauzi Rasad, said that around 4:45 am local time on 21 January 2020, the crew of Horizon Maru, a 1992-built 1,206-dwt chemical/products tanker owned by Indonesian shipping group PT Samudera Indonesia, had spotted four perpetrators who were allegedly armed with sharp weapons.

At the time, Horizon Maru was anchored at Jetty No. 3 at the crude palm oil terminal in Kabil.

The crew fought with the perpetrators, resulting in one crew member suffering facial injuries, while the seafarers subdued and detained one perpetrator. Three of the perpetrators fled and are still at large.

The police were called at around 5:20 am and the detained perpetrator was arrested.

The Singapore Strait saw an increase in robberies and piracy attacks in 2019, with 82 incidents, comprising 71 actual incidents and 11 robbery or piracy attempts, according to ReCAAP ISC’s statistics.