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In slightly dated news, Kyodo reported last month that a Japanese-operated, Panama-flagged tanker, Ginga Falcon, was attacked by pirates. The attackers made off with a life preserver before they fled.

Panama-flagged “Ginga Falcon,” a 13,292 gross ton vessel, was anchored in port waters of Indonesia’s Pulau Karimun Besar Island when it was attacked by three pirates shortly after midnight.

But the pirates fled, taking with them only a life ring, when the ship’s crew raised the alarm, the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre said in a statement.

The vessel is operated by Tokyo Marine Co. of Japan.

It had stopped at Karimun to deliver a cargo of chemicals.

No one among its 23-member crew — all Bangladeshis – was injured and the ship, which had been in the Persian Gulf and India, has already continued its journey to Bangkok, Capt. Amit Jain of Singapore-based Unix Line Ltd., which manages the vessel, said. (Link) has a more detailed account.

ReCAAP reports two piracy incidents in Singapore Strait: On 9 Sep 11 at or about 0200 hrs (local time), a Panama-registered chemical tanker, Ginga Falcon was anchored at approximately 4.3 nm northeast of Tanjung Rambut, Pulau Karimun Besar, Indonesia (01 03.80 N, 103 30.6 E) when the duty crew spotted three robbers at the quarterdeck of the vessel. He contacted the master and raised the alarm. The robbers escaped and took with them one lifebuoy. The crew was not injured. The master reported the incident to the shipping company based in Japan. (Link)

Here’s the coordinates in Google Maps.

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It’s not clear if the pirates meant to rob the crew or hijack the vessel.

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