As of 30 June 2020, the kidnapping threat in Sabah and Semporna, Malaysia, targeting foreigners and the abduction of crew from ships passing by the Tawi-Tawi and Sabah waters, still stands, the Philippine Coast Guard informed ReCAAP ISC.
In its weekly report for 23-29 June, ReCAAP ISC informed of one incident of armed robbery against ship in Asia. The CAT 4 incident occurred onboard a container ship while anchored at Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) Anchorage, Philippines.
In its weekly report for 16-22 June, ReCAAP ISC informed of one armed robbery against ship in Asia. The CAT 4 incident occurred onboard a tanker anchored at Merak anchorage, Indonesia.
While the the Indian fishing trawler Sea Blessia – I was underway, a gang of 15 fishermen belonging to the local fishing community from Malwan, Maharashtra, India, boarded it and stole the trawler’s equipment and fish catch.
In its monthly piracy report for May, ReCAAP ISC described an incident of armed robbery against a ship off Indonesia. In this case, some of the perpetrators were arrested.
A total of 11 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2020, according to ReCAAP ISC monthly piracy report. The total number of incidents reported during January-May 2020 has increased compared to January-May 2019.
In its weekly report for 2-8 June 2020, ReCAAP ISC informed of four incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. Of the four incidents, one was a piracy and three were armed robberies against ships.
In its weekly report for 19-25 May, ReCAAP ISC informed of two incidents of armed robbery against ship in Asia. Both were CAT 4, which means least significant incidents. The incidents occurred onboard a tanker while berthed at Belawan Port, Indonesia and on a bulk carrier while anchored at Campha Anchorage, Vietnam.
A group of approximately five ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) members armed with assorted firearms is planning to conduct kidnapping activities in undisclosed areas in Sabah, Malaysia, ReCAAP ISC warned.
In its weekly report for 12-18 May, ReCAAP ISC informed of four incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia. Three of these occurred to ships while underway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The ReCAAP ISC advises enhanced vigilance in the region, since the number of incidents is increasing.
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