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.
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.
In its weekly report for 3-9 September, ReCAAP ISC informed of one attempted incident of armed robbery against the Panamanian-flagged chemical tanker ‘SG Pegasus’ while anchored at Tanjung Uban anchorage, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia on 7 August.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA Japan) and the MPA Singapore, in cooperation with the ReCAAP ISC, jointly organised the 3rd Capacity Building Executive Programme (CBEP) in Singapore, to discuss the situation on Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia.
In its weekly report for 27 August – 2 September, ReCAAP ISC reported one CAT 3 incident of armed robbery against a ship in Asia. The incident involved the Marshall Island-flagged tanker ‘Eagle’, while anchored in the South China Sea, off Malaysia.
In its weekly report for 20 – 26 August, ReCAAP ISC informed of an armed robbery against the Singaporean-flagged tug boat ‘Salviceroy’ while anchored at Batam anchorage, Indonesia. This was classified as a CAT 3 incident, which is ‘less significant’.
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