ReCAAP ISC issued its monthly piracy report, informing of seven incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in May 2019, which is an increase compared to the past six preceding months. During January-May 2019, a total of 21 incidents were reported, which are the lowest among a 13-year period.
In its weekly report for 28 May- 3 June, ReCAAP ISC reported two Category 4 incidents of armed robbery and one attempted piracy incident against ships in Asia. Notably, there have been six incidents in close proximity to each other in the western sector of the Singapore Strait since February.
In its weekly report for 21-27 May, ReCAAP ISC reported two armed robberies against ships in Asia. One of them is CAT 4, which means the perpetrators were not armed, and the crew not harmed, but the other one was a CAT 2, which means a moderately significant incident, with crew held hostage. Both incidents occurred in Indonesia.
In its weekly report for 14-20 May, ReCAAP ISC informed of one armed robbery against a ship in Asia, involving the Niue-flagged tug boat ‘Barlian T1201’ while underway in the Singapore Strait. This incident is in the vicinity of the previous four incidents reported in the area from February to April 2019.
In its weekly piracy report for 7-13 May, ReCAAP ISC informed of one Category 4 incident of armed robbery against the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker ‘Arionas’, while anchored at Port Deendayal (Kandla) outer anchorage, India, on the evening hours of 9 May.
A total of three armed robberies against ships were reported in Asia in April 2019, according to ReCAAP ISC’s monthly report, representing a 70% decrease from April 2018. Both the total number of incidents and the number of actual incidents reported during January-April 2019 are the lowest among a 13-year period.
In its weekly report for 30 April-6 May, ReCAAP ISC informed of one actual incident of armed robbery against the Bahamas-registered tanker ‘Sonangol Namibe’, while the ship was proceeding at Visakhapatnam SPM anchorage, India.
In its weekly piracy report for 23-29 April, ReCAAP ISC informed of two actual incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. Both incidents occurred in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait on 24 and 25 April.
Four incidents of unauthorised boarding of ships were reported during January-April 2019, in locations of close proximity to each other, in the western sector of Singapore Strait, ReCAAP ISC said in an incident alert issued on 25 April.
In its weekly report for 26 March- 1st April, ReCAAP ISC informed of one actual incident and one attempted incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia. The actual incident involved the Marshall Islands-flagged product tanker ‘Nakhal Silver’, while anchored at Batangas Anchorage Alpha, Philippines.
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