Highlights for January 2018

  • Of the seven incidents, one was a piracy incident and six were armed robberies against ships.
  • Five were actual incidents and two attempted incidents.
  • There was no report on the abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah or hijack for theft of oil cargo
  • There were two reports of arrest of perpetrators and recovery of stolen items by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

Compared to December 2017, the situation in January 2018 has improved. A total of 16 incidents were reported in December 2017. Graph 1 shows the number of incidents reported each month from January 2017 to January 2018.

The chart below shows the significance level of incidents reported in January of 2009-2018. All five actual incidents reported in January 2018 were CAT 4 incidents. These incidents were petty theft in nature carried out by perpetrators who were not armed, and the crew was not injured.


The ReCAAP ISC advises ships transiting the areas of concern to exercise enhanced vigilance, maintain look-out for suspicious approach by boats, report all incidents to the nearest coastal State and flag State immediately, keep abreast of the latest situation and implement preventive measures recommended in the Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia.

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