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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.

Perpetrators board tanker off Indian anchorage

In its weekly report for 30 April-6 May, ReCAAP ISC informed of one actual incident of armed robbery against the Bahamas-registered tanker ‘Sonangol Namibe’, while the ship was proceeding at Visakhapatnam SPM anchorage, India. 

Two armed robberies against ships in Singapore Strait

In its weekly piracy report for 23-29 April, ReCAAP ISC informed of two actual incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. Both incidents occurred in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait on 24 and 25 April.


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