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Two ships hit by pirates in Indonesian waters

Two ships hit by pirates in Indonesian waters

Indonesia: Two ships were hit by pirates in Indonesian waters over the weekend. On 12 June at 2200 hours the Panama-registered bulker Trans Pacific was boarded 45nm north of Pulau Mangkai by eight pirates armed with knives according to a report from ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre. "The pirates wore shorts and T-shirts with one wearing a mask. After boarding the bulk carrier, the pirates rounded up nine of the crew in the wheel house and tied them before taking the master and six other crew to their cabins to ransack their personal belongings," ReCAAP said. The pirates left the ship after one hour and 20 minutes taking personal belongs of the crew. None of the crew were injured. On 13 June ate 2335 hours a China-registered product tanker Ai Ding Hu was boarded 10nm northwest of Pulau Mangkai by six pirates armed with long knives. The pirates escaped with cash, and none of the crew were injured. There have been five incidents reported in the area this year. [15/06/10]

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