Southeast Asia
Five incidents of piracy and robbery of vessels were reported in Southeast Asia in September 2018. Two fishermen were kidnapped from a Fishing Trawler off Sabah, Malaysia. A   robbery was reported at Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia. Fifteen incidents had been recorded at this anchorage in 2018. Attempted robberies were reported  on a berthed Chemical Tanker at Tarahan Jetty, Indonesia and on a berthed Bulk Carrier at Sandakan Port, Sabah, Malaysia. The Chief Engineer of the LPG Tanker, Maregas sustained injuries during a robbery when three perpetrators boarded the vessel while underway in the Westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme in the Singapore Strait.1

11 September 2018 -  Two masked men armed with M16 rifles boarded the Fishing Trawler, Sri    Dewi 1 from a motor banca at Pulau Gaya, Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia at 01:00LT. They kidnapped two Indonesian fishermen - the skipper Samsul Saguni, 40 and Usman Yusuf, 35. Fishing boats, Sri Dewi 1 and Dwi Jaya 1 with a combined crew of 15 were fishing off Pulau Gaya, Sabah for three days before the attack. At the time of the attack only four crew were on board the two vessels  as the other 11 crew members went to Semporna with small tenders to deliver their fish catch. The kidnappers allegedly arrived with the two hostages at the Abu Sayyaf operational base in Talipao, Sulu, Philippines at 14:00LT on 11 September 2018. The white motor banca, with the name Ainigel and a picture of eagle on the side, used in the kidnapping was seized by  East Sabah Security Command (Esscom) in Kampung Air Kunuk Tiga on 20 September 2018. Two men believed to be spotters for the kidnappers were killed while trying to flee by boat. A 22-caliber evolver and a 38-caliber revolver were recovered.2

Update Abu Sayyaf Kidnappings

14 September 2018
-  Abu Sayyaf released hostages Hamdam Salim, Subandi Sattuh and Sudarlan Samansung on payment of a ransom. The Indonesians were freed with the help of the Moro National Liberation Front.3 The three men were kidnapped on 18 January 2017 from the Malaysian fishing banca with registration BN 838/4F. Nine assailants in a grey speed boat boarded the boat 4nm east of Bakungan Island, Taganak, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The fishing banca was found drifting close to Bakungan Island.4

Suspicious Approach

16 September 2018
-  Six masked men in two speedboats approached an Asphalt/Bitumen Tanker approximately 4nm SW of Balabac Island, Philippines. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered. The boat aborted the approach after five minutes.5
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