In its recently-published annual piracy report, OBP reported a total of 71 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Latin America and the Caribbean Sea throughout 2017, which represents a 163% increase over 2016. Most incidents occurred in territorial waters, with anchored yachts being the primary targets for attackers.
In its 2017 State of Maritime Piracy report, Oceans Beyond Piracy says a total of 1102 seafarers were affected by piracy and armed robbery in East Africa and 100 crew members were taken hostage in West Africa, while a total of 1908 seafarers were affected in Asia and 854 in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Gulf of Guinea offers many riches, but it also faces a multitude of interconnected maritime security challenges. As maritime piracy knows no borders, the nations around the Gulf of Guinea have organized themselves into a coordinated security effort, in order to combat crime.
ForestWave reported that the eleven crewmembers who were taken hostage on April 21 off Port Harcourt, Nigeria and spent the last 4 weeks in captivity have been released and are now safe. The crew are currently on their way home, while all of them have received medical checks and are in a relatively good condition.
During 15-21 May, two incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported to the ReCAAP ISC. The first involves the product tanker ‘Kirana Tritya’ while anchored at Panjang Anchorage. The second involves the tug boat ‘Budget 19’ that was towing the barge ‘Budget 29’, off Southern Johor, Malaysia.
According to the annual State of Piracy report released by Oceans Beyond Piracy, the number of piracy incidents doubled off the coast of East Africa in 2017 compared to 2016. Piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea continue at persistently high levels. In 2017, 1726 seafarers were affected in a total of 97 incidents.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, jointly launched the Capacity Building Executive Programme 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The Programme aims to improve skills of maritime regulatory & enforcement authorities in fight against piracy and sea robbery in Asia.
ISWAN and the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which Taiwan will donate another USD 30,000 to the Piracy Survivor Family Fund, administered by ISWAN, on behalf of the UN Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.
In its latest weekly report, the ReCAAP ISC informed of two recent incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. Both attacks were reported at Samarinda Anchorage, Muara Berau, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. ReCAAP ISC has earlier in the month informed of similar incidents against ships in this location.
Turkish shipping company Ince Shipping Group confirmed that the explosion onboard the bulk carrier ‘Ince Inebolu’ off the port of Saleef, Yemen, last week, was caused by a missile attack. The ship was anchored 70 miles off Saleef, just north of the port of Hodeidah on the Red Sea, and awaiting permission to offload cargo in the port.
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