Reduced Piracy And Armed Robbery in Asia

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Piracy

A ReCaap’s report on Piracy states that there is a decrease in number of piracy incidents reported in November ‘15.

There has been an improvement in the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in November 2015 for a consecutive three-month period since September 2015.

Highlights:

  • Of the six actual incidents reported in November 2015, three were Category 3 incidents and three were Category 4 incidents.
  • No incident involving hijacking of tankers for theft of cargo oil (which were mainly Category 1 incidents) was reported in November 2015.
  • The ReCAAP ISC had been sharing with the shipping industry best practices and lessons learned through case studies.
  • Notably, this is the first time in 2015 when no incident of robbery was reported on board ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the SOMS.
  • Of the seven incidents reported in November 2015, three occurred in Indonesia, three in Vietnam, and one attempted incident in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

The report concludes by saying, more need to be done at certain ports and anchorages where the port authorities and enforcement agencies need to enhance their surveillance; and ship masters and crew to maintain stringent watch-keeping while their ships were anchored there.  Whilst the numbers had declined, consolidated efforts to address regional situation with regional stakeholders are underway.

Source: ReCAAP ISC

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