One incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia (CAT 4 incident) was reported to ReCAAP ISC between 14 – 20 March 2023.
One incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia (CAT 4 incident) was reported to ReCAAP ISC. The incident occurred on board a container ship while anchored at Manila Anchorage, the Philippines. The crew was safe and several ship properties were missing.
Area of concern
This is the first incident reported at Manila Anchorage in 2023. The last known incident occurred in August 2021. Of concern was the occurrence of incidents in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). A total of 15 incidents were reported in the SOMS since January 2023. The Centre advises ships to continue to exercise enhanced vigilance when transiting SOMS, and the littoral States to increase patrols and enforcement in the area.
Downgrading of threat level
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), after careful consideration of inputs from stakeholders and counterparts with vital involvement in securing the SuluCelebes Seas maritime security measure, recommends the downgrading of the threat on the “Abduction of Crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas” from “POTENTIALLY HIGH” to “MODERATE”. The MODERATE threat level implies that “Incidents are possible to occur but are relatively less severe in nature”.
As the threat of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas has diminished since January 2020 due to successful military operations and robust law enforcement
initiatives, the ReCAAP ISC updates its Advisory to all ships to consider re-route from the area as an option based on its prerogative.
For ships transiting the area, the ship masters and crew are strongly encouraged to exercise extra vigilance and report all incidents immediately to the Operation Centres of the Philippines and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) of Malaysia.
Ship master and crew are to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships to the nearest coastal State and flag State, referring to the Poster on the Contact Details for Reporting of Incidents of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia, exercise vigilance and adopt appropriate preventive measures taking reference from the Regional Guide 2 to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia.
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