Weekly Report: Piracy & Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia

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Overview 

One CAT 4 incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia was reported to ReCAAP ISC. The incident occurred on board a barge towed by a tug boat on 7 Sep 22 at approximately 3.5 nm southeast of Tanjung Piai, West Johor (Malaysia), in the precautionary area of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. Details of the incident are in the table(*).

Area of concern 

The ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents in the Singapore Strait (SS). An Incident Alert (IA 03/2022) was issued on 1 Aug 22 to alert the shipping community. urge littoral States to increase patrols and enforcement, and advise all ships to intensify vigilance when transiting the area. (Visit www.recaap.org for Incident Alert & safety measures.) 

With this incident, a total of 38 incidents were reported since January 2022 in the SS: comprising 24 incidents in the eastbound lane of TSS. eight incidents in the precautionary area, three incidents in the westbound lane, two incidents outside TSS, and one in the separation zone. 

Situation of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters Off Eastern Sabah 

Latest 

  • No incident of abduction of the crew reported since January 2020 
  • No crew currently held in captivity by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) 

Advisory 

The ReCAAP ISC reiterates its advisory issued via ReCAAP ISC Incident Alert dated 21 Nov 16 to all ships to reroute from the area, where possible. Otherwise, the ship master and crew are strongly urged to exercise extra vigilance while transiting the site and report all incidents immediately to the Operation Centres of the Philippines and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) of Malaysia. The Contact Details of the Operation Centres of the Philippines and ESSCOM of Malaysia are shown in Picture 1. The ReCAAP ISC advises the shipping industry and ships to enhance their situation awareness by referring to the Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah produced by ReCAAP ISC in July 2019. The Guidance is available at http://www.recaan.org 

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Source: ReCAAP

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