A total of 36 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported during January-June 2017 in Asia, compared to a total of 46 incidents reported during January-June 2016, which means a decrease of 22%, according to ReCAAP’s ISC latest half-yearly report.
The European Community Shipowners’ Associations announced that they are concerned about the continued piracy, armed robbery attacks and kidnapping for ransom events in the Gulf of Guinea, and particularly off Nigeria. ECSA encourages several measures in order to improve the security situation, including proper protection by coastal states .
According to the report, cyber, autonomous shipping and piracy risks are the current major concerns for the industry as economic pressures challenge budgets. 85 large ships lost worldwide in 2016, down 50% over a decade. Top losses were reported in South China and Southeast Asia and now East Mediterranean region is considered as the top incident hotspot.
The ReCAAP ISC has published its Quarterly Report revealing that during January- March 2017, there has been a significant drop in actual piracy and armed robbery in Asia (12%compared to the same period in 2016), although the number of attempts increased. A total of 20 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported.
ILO Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC) held a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 3 to 5, to examine issues related to the protection of seafarers’ wages when they are held captive on or off the ship as a result of piracy of armed robbery against ships.
ReCAAP ISC said that there was an overall drop in actual piracy and armed robbery in Asia during Q12017, in comparison with the same period last year. In particular, 20 incidents were reported, out of which 18 were armed robbery and 2 were piracy incidents. Also, 15 of the total incidents were actual while 5 were attempted attacks, representing a drop of 12% compared to Jan-Mar 2016. ReCAAP noted that the number of attempted incidents increased which is an indication of successful efforts by crew to deter boarding by perpetrators.
A Foreign Merchant Vessel MV OS 35, Tuvalu registered vessel, was attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden late night on 08 April 2017. Indian Naval ships responded to the incident and all 19 Filipino crew members are safe.
ReCAAP ISC issued the third part of its “Abducting of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah” special report, in order to provide an analysis of the situation involving the abduction of crew from ships in these areas, based on past incidents reported to the ReCAAP between March 2016 and March 2017.
ReCAAP ISC issued its monthly report for piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia for February 2017, reporting a total of four incidents. ReCAAP also informs that there has been a continuous decrease in the total number of incidents in the past four months.
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