The 14 incidents reported during January and March 2018 are a 48% decrease compared to January-March 2017. Of these incidents,:

  • One was an incident of piracy;
  • 13 were incidents of armed robbery against ships.

Credit: ReCAAP ISC

The improvement during this period was caused by a decrease in the number of incidents at ports and anchorages in Bangladesh and Philippines. Namely, there was no actual incident of abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Sea, and no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo during January-March 2018. However, of concern was an attempted incident n the Sulu-Celebes Sea involving the container ship, "Kudos 1" on 16 February 18.

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Of the nine actual incidents reported during January-March 2018:

  • 3 were CAT 3;
  • 6 were CAT 4 incident.

In comparison, during January-March 2017, of the 21 actual incidents, three were CAT 1, one was CAT 2, five were CAT 3 and 12 were CAT 4 incidents.

Credit: ReCAAP ISC

ReCAAP ISC also provided recommendation to ships, which are the following:

  • Reroute where possible;
  • Exercise enhanced vigilance;
  • Conduct risk assessment;
  • Adopt piracy counter-measures to mitigate risk;
  • Maintain communications with authorities;
  • Make timely report (Reporting Centres in Zamboanga, Bongao, Lahad Datu).

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