In its weekly report for 5-11 June 2018, ReCAAP ISC informed of two incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. Notable is that both incidents were reported in Indonesian anchorages, off East Kalimantan and South Kalimantan. Over the last months, ReCAAP ISC has been reporting similar incidents in Indonesia.
In its latest piracy report, ReCAAP ISC reported that a total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2018. No piracy incident was reported, as well as no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas or hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo.
In its latest weekly piracy report, ReCAAP ISC informed of four actual and two attempted incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, during 29 May – 4 June. Most incidents were attacks against anchored ships. Out of the six incidents, four were reported to Indonesia and two in Chittagong.
Analyzing the financial impact of piracy throughout 2017, the annual OBP report estimated the cost of piracy in East Africa at $1.4 billion, in West Africa $818.1 billion, while the total worth of goods stolen in Asia at $6.3 billion and in Latin America and the Caribbean at $949,000 dollars.
In its weekly piracy report for 22-28 May 2018, ReCAAP ISC informed of four incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. Of these, one was a piracy incident and three were armed robberies against ships. Notable is the fact that three of the four incidents in Asia were reported in Indonesian anchorages.
ForestWave reported that the eleven crewmembers who were taken hostage on April 21 off Port Harcourt, Nigeria and spent the last 4 weeks in captivity have been released and are now safe. The crew are currently on their way home, while all of them have received medical checks and are in a relatively good condition.
According to the annual State of Piracy report released by Oceans Beyond Piracy, the number of piracy incidents doubled off the coast of East Africa in 2017 compared to 2016. Piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea continue at persistently high levels. In 2017, 1726 seafarers were affected in a total of 97 incidents.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, jointly launched the Capacity Building Executive Programme 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The Programme aims to improve skills of maritime regulatory & enforcement authorities in fight against piracy and sea robbery in Asia.
The pirates raided the four boats, that were carrying a total of 20 fishermen, off the Atlantic coast of the South American country and forced them to jump overboard. Some of the victims had batteries tied to their legs to weigh them down. Four of these men managed to swim to shore and three of them are currently receiving medical attention.
ForestWave informed that it managed to establish contact with the crew of the cargo vessel ‘FWN Rapide’, that were taken hostage off Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on April 21. The company confirmed that all remaining eleven seafarers are alive and together. Of the 12 crew that were taken hostage, one was found hiding onboard the ship.
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