The situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia has improved in February 2018 with a total of five incidents, compared to January 2018 with eight incidents reported, according to ReCAAP ISC’s monthly report. However, of concern was the occurrence of an attempted incident of abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Sea on 16 February.
During the period of 27 February – 5 March 2018, three incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported to the ReCAAP ISC, according to its weekly report. The report also describes a recent incident onboard ‘Maersk Maya’ which occurred outside Asian waters.
During the period of 20-26 February 18, one attempted incident of armed robbery against ships was reported to the ReCAAP ISC in Asia. Furthermore, two attempted incidents of piracy occurred outside Asia, in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia, on 18 and 23 February 18 respectively.
The situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia has improved in January 2018, with a total of seven incidents reported compared to the 16 incidents reported in December 2017, according to ReCAAP ISC’s monthly report.
From 30 January to 5 February 2018, two incidents of armed robbery against ships, comprising of one actual and one attempted, were reported to the ReCAAP ISC. The first involves the bulk carrier ‘Athos’ and the second the bulk carrier ‘Asali’, both at Muara Berau Anchorage, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
During the period of 23 to 29 January 2018, two incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ReCAAP ISC. The first incident involves the petroleum product tanker ‘Ocean Mars’ in Indonesia, and the second one concerns the tanker ‘Ocean 1’ while sailing off Alang.
During 16-22 January, two piracy incidents, comprising an actual incident and an attempted incident, were reported to ReCAAP ISC. Due to timely reporting and vigilance, the perpetrators were arrested in the actual incident; and in the other attempted incident, the perpetrators did not board the ship.
ReCAAP ISC, the first regional government-to-government agreement against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, held its first capacity building activity for 2018 with 19 senior officers from 17 countries arriving in Singapore to take stock of the current situation and discuss the roadmap ahead.
According to ReCAAP ISC annual report, 84% of the incidents reported, were armed robbery, while 16% were piracy incidents. More needs to be done in certain locations, such as Bangladesh and Straits of Malacca. Abduction of crew and theft of oil cargo remained a concern in 2017.
In its weekly report, the ReCAAP ISC informed of an incident involving the tug boat ‘Crest Spartan 8’, while underway approximately 13 nm west of Kutubdia Island, Bangladesh. While the tug boat towing barge was underway to Maishakali, the Second Officer spotted a small boat approaching the barge.
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