The annual ReCAAP ISC Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2018 was held on 12 June in Hong Kong, under the theme “Counter Piracy: Proactive Response”, to underscore the importance of staying vigilant and not taking for granted the success that Asia had achieved in reducing incidents over the past decade.
ICS announced its concern about the decision of the Italian Government to close its ports to migrants rescued by vessels operated by humanitarian NGOs. Except from serious implications for the safety of human life at sea, this refusal could also affect the traffic of trade throughout the Mediterranean.
In its latest piracy report, ReCAAP ISC reported that a total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2018. No piracy incident was reported, as well as no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas or hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo.
In its latest weekly piracy report, ReCAAP ISC informed of four actual and two attempted incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, during 29 May – 4 June. Most incidents were attacks against anchored ships. Out of the six incidents, four were reported to Indonesia and two in Chittagong.
A U.N. World Food Programme aid vessel was attacked off Hodeidah, the main port in Yemen, during the weekend and started a fire in the engine room. No injuries were reported as a result of the attack. The vessel was attacked following a delivery a shipment at Hodeidah, which is held by the Houthis.
North P&I Club informed that there has been a notable change in stowaway trends over the last year and a half, as an increased activity is reported around a number of European ports. Potential stowaways target Bilbao’s commercial port and are being discovered on board container and general cargo vessels heading for UK ports,
Algerian authorities captured around 700kg of cocaine that was smuggled onboard a containership, which was located at the Port of Oran on May 29. As a result, the authorities also made 20 arrests. The Algerian coastguard conducted a thorough search operation, in cooperation with police and customs units and found the drugs.
Analyzing the financial impact of piracy throughout 2017, the annual OBP report estimated the cost of piracy in East Africa at $1.4 billion, in West Africa $818.1 billion, while the total worth of goods stolen in Asia at $6.3 billion and in Latin America and the Caribbean at $949,000 dollars.
In its weekly piracy report for 22-28 May 2018, ReCAAP ISC informed of four incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. Of these, one was a piracy incident and three were armed robberies against ships. Notable is the fact that three of the four incidents in Asia were reported in Indonesian anchorages.
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