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IMB warns owners to beware of South China Sea piracy

IMB warns owners to beware of South China Sea piracy

Kuala Lumpur:  Ships have been told to keep a lookout to guard against pirate attacks in the South China Sea off eastern Malaysia following an attack on a vessel last week, the International Maritime Bureau said on Sunday. The warning came after pirates attacked a coal ship 10 nautical miles off the coast of the eastern Malaysian island of Tioman on Monday and robbed the crew. "There were four attacks in the same location, one of it was the hijacking in the Tioman and we believe it is the same group operating in the area. So we are warning ships to maintain piracy watch," said Noel Choong, regional manager for the bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
He said the caution was for ships off the South East Malaysian island of Tioman in the South China sea and applied for a radius of 100 nautical miles. [8/12/08]


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