ReCAAP ISC: Two Incidents Of Armed Robbery 12 – 18 March

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Two incidents of armed robbery against ships (one CAT 3 and one CAT 4) in Asia were reported to ReCAAP ISC, between 12th – 18th March 2024.

Area of concern

The CAT 3 incident occurred onboard a heavy load semi-submersible carrier while underway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) while the CAT 4 incident occurred to a bulk carrier while at Pulau Batam Anchorage, Indonesia.

The ReCAAP ISC advises ships to exercise enhanced vigilance when transiting SOMS, and the littoral States to increase patrols and enforcement in these areas.

Re-Assessment and Downgrading of threat level

The efforts by the Philippine Government in Zamboanga, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi through the conduct of continuous military operations led to the dismantling of the support base and neutralising the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu archipelago.

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Source : Safety4sea