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ReCAAP ISC: First half of 2019 sees lowest number of incidents in 13 years

A total of 28 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 25 actual incidents and three attempted incidents) were reported in Asia during January-June 2019 compared to 41 incidents during January-June 2018, which accounts for a 32% decrease, according to ReCAAP ISC’s half yearly report for 2019.

Vessel robbed second time this year in Singapore Strait

In its weekly report for 9 – 15 July, ReCAAP ISC informed of one CAT 4 incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia, involving the barge ‘Sung Fatt 36’ in the Singapore Strait. Notably, this was the second time in 2019 that this vessel was targeted by perpetrators in this region. 

ReCAAP ISC: May saw more piracy incidents than the past six months

ReCAAP ISC issued its monthly piracy report, informing of seven incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in May 2019, which is an increase compared to the past six preceding months. During January-May 2019, a total of 21 incidents were reported, which are the lowest among a 13-year period.

ReCAAP ISC: Six incidents on western Singapore Strait since February

In its weekly report for 28 May- 3 June, ReCAAP ISC reported two Category 4 incidents of armed robbery and one attempted piracy incident against ships in Asia. Notably, there have been six incidents in close proximity to each other in the western sector of the Singapore Strait since February.

BIMCO: International cooperation the only way to stop piracy

Turning the tide of piracy and attacks is not a difficult operation in terms of military and law enforcement, but the will to act and get both local and international involvement and cooperation may be, said Jakob P. Larsen, BIMCO Head of Maritime Security.

Another unauthorised boarding in Singapore Strait

In its weekly report for 14-20 May, ReCAAP ISC informed of one armed robbery against a ship in Asia, involving the Niue-flagged tug boat ‘Barlian T1201’ while underway in the Singapore Strait. This incident is in the vicinity of the previous four incidents reported in the area from February to April 2019.

Piracy and sea robbery see a 62% decline in Southeast Asia

During the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference in Asia, the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) focused on piracy and sea robbery incidents in the South East Asia, highlighting a 62% decline from 2015 to 2018.

Togolese navy arrests eight pirates after hijacking tanker

According to Ghana News Agency, eight pirates were arrested, when Togolese navy thwarted a maritime hijacking in progress in the Gulf of Guinea. The ones arrested were six Nigerians and two Togolese. The navy quickly responded by dispatching its patrol boats to investigate. The tanker was intercepted 25 nm from the anchorage area and forced to return to Lome. 

ReCAAP ISC: Piracy in January-April 2019 the lowest in 13 years

A total of three armed robberies against ships were reported in Asia in April 2019, according to ReCAAP ISC’s monthly report, representing a 70% decrease from April 2018. Both the total number of incidents and the number of actual incidents reported during January-April 2019 are the lowest among a 13-year period.

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