1. On Nov 7 at 5.50am, six armed robbers on a speedboat boarded tugboat Winstar Grace near the Strait of Malacca.

After tying up the ship's master and crew, the pirates ransacked the cabins and stole the crew's belongings. They destroyed the vessel's communication system before escaping.

2. On Oct 9 at 6am, pirates boarded the Srikandi 515, a product tanker carrying 3,100 tonnes of palm oil, in the waters near Indonesia's Central Kalimantan.

The crew were blindfolded and tied while the pirates commandeered the tanker and sailed in a north-westerly direction. Some 13 days later, the crew members were forced onto a life raft and abandoned at sea. They were rescued the next evening by a Vietnamese fisherman.