An armed perpetrator attempted to board the Panamanian-flagged chemical/oil product tanker Au Libra while anchored off Batangas, Philippines, in the early morning hours of 23 March.
In its weekly report for 10–16 March, ReCAAP ISC informed of five incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. Of these, four were actual incidents (all CAT 4 incidents) and one was an attempted incident.
A total of 10 incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in February 2020, the ReCAAP ISC said in its latest monthly piracy report. Overall, the actual incidents in January-February 2020 increased compared to the same period of 2019.
Six pirates armed with automatic weapons boarded the Hong Kong-flagged general cargo ship ‘Huanghai Glory’, while 85 nm south of Port Lagos, Nigeria, in the evening hours of 6 March, according to data provided by ReCAAP ISC.
In its weekly report for 25 February -2 March, ReCAAP ISC informed of four incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. Of the four incidents, one occurred in the Kutubdia Channel, Bangladesh; one at North Anchorage, Kakinada, India; one at Panjang Anchorage, Indonesia; and one in the Singapore Strait.
In its weekly report for 18-24 February, ReCAAP ISC informed of two incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia, both of which were CAT 4 (least significant) incidents. One occurred to a tanker while underway off Gujarat, India; and another to another tanker at Kakinada anchorage, India.
In its weekly report for 11-18 February, ReCAAP ISC informed of two incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia: one at an Indian anchorage and another one off Indonesia, in the Singapore Strait. The latter is the seventh incident reported in the region this year. There was also an incident on the Arabian Sea.
A total of 11 armed robberies against ships were reported in Asia in January 2020, ReCAAP ISC said in its monthly report. The number of actual incidents is the same with December 2019. The two alarming issues concern the recurrence of four incidents in the Singapore Strait and one crew abduction off Malaysia in January 2020.
In its weekly report for 4-10 February, ReCAAP ISC informed of three armed robberies against ships in Asia. Of the three incidents, two occurred to ships underway in the Singapore Strait and another occurred onboard a tug boat while anchored at Martabari Anchorage, Bangladesh.
On 9 February, two incidents occurred within an interval of an hour to ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. With these two incidents, a total of six incidents have been reported in the Singapore Strait in 2020, all in the eastbound lane of the TSS in the Singapore Strait.
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