03 Jun '11, 12pm

Piracy watchdog issues South China Sea alert: KUALA LUMPUR - A GLOBAL maritime watchdog on Friday warned ships

Piracy watchdog issues South China Sea alert: KUALA LUMPUR - A GLOBAL maritime watchdog on Friday warned ships

A global maritime watchdog on Friday warned ships traversing the South China Sea bordering Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore following the hijack of three tugboats and a barge in recent weeks. -- PHOTO: REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR - A GLOBAL maritime watchdog on Friday warned ships traversing the South China Sea bordering Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore following the hijack of three tugboats and a barge in recent weeks. Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) piracy reporting centre based in Kuala Lumpur, told AFP alerts have been sent to ships in the area amid a sudden rash of hijackings. 'We are sending out this alert as these are the first three hijackings of vessels in the South China Sea this year,' he said. 'Normally pirates in the area are opportunistic as they rob a ship and flee but the hijacking of a vessel requires planning so we believe a synd...

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