The incidents in February 2020 

  • A total of 10 incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in February 2020. All were actual incidents.
  • Of the 10 incidents, four occurred onboard ships when at anchor, and six onboard ships while underway.
  • There was no piracy incident.
  • There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah; the region remains a serious concern though.
  • ReCAAP ISC worries of the continued occurrence of incidents on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait:

With four incidents reported in February 2020, a total of eight incidents have been reported in the Singapore Strait since January 2020, all in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). 

  • ReCAAP ISC has issued an alert on 9 Feb 20 on two incidents which occurred within an interval of an hour to ships while underway in the Singapore Strait.
  • There has also been an increase of incidents in India, with four incidents in February 2020:

With one incident reported in January 2020, a total of five incidents have been reported in India during January-February 2020 compared to five incidents reported in the whole year of 2019

The following graph shows the number of incidents reported each month from February 2019 to February 2020:

On a month-to-month comparison, the numbers of actual incidents in January and February 2020 were at a higher level compared to the monthly number of actual incidents in 2019.

 

 Significance of incidents in February 2020

  • Of the 10 actual incidents reported in February 2020, three were CAT 3 incidents and seven were CAT 4 incidents
  • No CAT 1 or CAT 2 incident was reported in February 2020
  • Of the three CAT 3 incidents
    • One incident occurred on board a tug boat anchored at Martabari Anchorage, Bangladesh
    • One occurred on board an offshore supply ship anchored at Kakinada Anchorage, India
    • And one occurred on board a bulk carrier while underway in the Singapore Strait
  • In all three incidents, the perpetrators were armed with knives, and they escaped immediately when they were sighted by the crew
  • The crew was not injured in all three incidents
  • Of the seven CAT 4 incidents
    • Three were reported in the Singapore Strait of which one occurred on board a barge towed by tug boat and two occurred on board bigger ships (bulk carrier and tanker)
    • Three incidents occurred on board ships in India (tanker and offshore supply ship at Kakinada Anchorage and oil/ chemical/gas tanker underway off Gujarat)
    • One incident onboard a barge towed by tug boat underway in the Kutubdia Channel, Bangladesh.