Piracy and Sea Robbery Situation in Asia for January to September 2018

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Summary

  • A total of 64 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 50 actual incidents and 14 attempted incidents) reported in Asia during January-September 2018
  • Of the 64 incidents, three were incidents of piracy and 61 were incidents of armed robbery against ships
  • Compared to January-September 2017, there was a 3% increase in the total number of incidents reported during January-September 2018
  • The number of actual incidents reported during January-September 2018 was the lowest among the 10-year period of January-September of 2009-2018
  • Of the 50 actual incidents reported during January-September 2018, one was a CAT 1 incident, five were CAT 2 incidents, 10 were CAT 3 incidents and 34 were CAT 4 incidents

Sulu-Celebes Seas

  • Concerning the abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah, two incidents (comprising one actual incident and one attempted incident) were reported during January-September 2018 compared to seven incidents (comprising three actual incidents and four attempted incidents) reported during the same period in 2017
  • Although the number of incidents has decreased, there remains imminent threat of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah, as demonstrated by the latest incident of abduction of two fishermen from a fishing boat (Sri Dewi 1) on 11 Sep 18 in waters off Eastern Sabah
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    Ships are strongly advised to enhance vigilance against presence of suspicious boats

  • Enforcement agencies are requested to enhance patrol and surveillance in areas of concern and make quick response to all incidents
  • ReCAAP ISC maintains its advisory issued via its Incident Alert on 21 Nov 16, advising all ships to re-route from the area, where possible

Other Areas of Concern

  • Of concern is the increase in incidents on board ships at ports and anchorages in Chittagong, Bangladesh and off Samarinda in East Kalimantan, Indonesia; as well as on board ships while underway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) during January-September 2018 compared to the same period in 2017

You can download the full report on the ReCAAP ISC website.

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