Enhanced Info Sharing And Heightened Vigilance Contribute To Safer Asian Waters

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  • Piracy and armed robbery in Asian waters have decreased by 22% in the January-April period of 2024 compared to last year.
  • Enhanced vigilance and information sharing among littoral states have contributed to this decline.

Piracy and armed robbery of ships in Asian waters fell by 22% in the January-April period of 2024 compared to the same period last year. This decline is attributed to increased vigilance by law-enforcing agencies in countries with sea borders.

Incident Statistics

During the first four months of 2024, 31 incidents occurred in Asian waters, down from 40 incidents in the same period last year. The Straits of Malacca and Singapore, Indonesia, and Bangladesh were among the areas with reported incidents.

Quarterly Report by ReCAAP ISC

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre released its first quarterly report on piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The report highlighted a decrease in sea robbery incidents compared to the previous year.

Anti-Piracy Conference

On April 16, the ReCAAP ISC held the annual Anti-Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2024. The conference addressed growing risks to global shipping and emphasized the importance of coordinated efforts to combat piracy and maritime threats.

IMO Secretary-General’s Statement

The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) stressed the significance of timely information sharing to facilitate assistance by enforcement agencies. He emphasized IMO’s efforts to ensure the safety of seafarers and cargo transit.

Executive Director’s Perspective

The Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC attributed the decrease in incidents to improved information sharing and coordination among littoral states. He called for continued collaboration to protect global shipping from maritime threats.

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Source: Container News