A total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in November 2019, according to ReCAAP ISC monthly piracy report. The total number of incidents in January-November 2019 has decreased by 4%, but the number of actual incidents has increased by 3% compared to 2018.
In its weekly report for 19-25 November, ReCAAP ISC informed of three incidents of armed robbery against ship in Asia. One was CAT 3 and two were CAT 4 incidents. Two of them occurred to ships while underway in the Singapore Strait, which has been at the center of maritime security warnings in recent months.
In its weekly report for 12-18 November, ReCAAP ISC informed of two attempted incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. One incident occurred at Alpha Anchorage, Batangas Bay, Philippines and another one at the Singapore Strait, which has been a key area of concern for maritime security in recent months.
A total of seven armed robberies against ships were reported in Asia in October 2019, ReCAAP ISC said in its monthly piracy report. The total number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported during January-October 2019 has decreased by 13% compared to January-October 2018.
In its weekly report for 22-28 October, ReCAAP ISC informed of three incidents of armed robbery against ship in Asia. From these, two were reported in the Singapore Strait, including an attempted attack but also a significant incident of physical violence, reiterating recent security concerns in the area.
ReCAAP ISC issued its piracy report for the third quarter of 2019, revealing a total of 54 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia during January-September 2019, compared to 64 incidents during January-September 2018. This accounts for a 16% decrease.
Nautilus International heard the results of the Nautilus Federation report regarding criminalisation in the shipping industry. The results show that approximately 90% of the seafarers questioned, expressed concerns about the issue, while two thirds said it impacted the way they felt about working in the profession.
In its weekly report for 24-30 September, ReCAAP ISC informed of a total of four incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. From these incidents, one occurred in Indian anchorage, one in a Philippine anchorage and two in Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with a gun and knives boarded an anchored tanker, while it was anchored about 5 nm southwest of Conakry, in the Gulf of Guinea, according to IMB Piracy. Upon boarding the ship, they took hostage the duty AB, tide his hands and forced him to lead them to the bridge.
A total of eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in August, representing a 11% decrease compared to August 2018, according to ReCAAP ISC’s monthly report. The total number of incidents in January-August 2019 has decreased by 25% compared to January-August 2018.
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