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ReCAAP has issued its Annual Report for 2012

ere has been a marked improvement in the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre has issued its Annual Report for January - December 2012. There has been a marked improvement in the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in 2012.A total of 132 incidents (123 actual and nine attempted incidents) were reported in 2012 compared to 157 incidents (135 actual and 22 attempted) reported in 2011, and 167 incidents (134 actual and 33 attempted) in 2010.Compared to 2011, this is a 16% decrease in the total number of incidents reported in 2012, the largest year-on-year decrease during the five year reporting period of 2008-2012.The decrease was more apparent at the ports and anchorages in Bangladesh and Vietnam, in the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. While statistics shows a consecutive downward trend commencing from 2010, the total number of incidents reported in 2012 was still higher than 2008 and 2009, hence there is no room for complacency.Of the 132 incidents reported in 2012, seven were incidents of piracy occurred in the South China Sea, and 125 were armed robberies against ships.Overall, there is a decrease ...

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ReCAAP issues Tug Boats and Barge Guide

Guide to prevent tug boats and barges from hijacking ReCAAP has issued Tug Boats and Barge guide to capture tips, guidelines, reporting procedures and contact details for tug boat owners, operators and crew in avoiding hijacking and robbery onboard tug boats and barges.The guide contains inputs and experience of tug boat owners, operators and masters whose vessels had been robbed or hijacked; and modus operandi of the robbers and hijackers. In planning a passage, the guide highlights the responsibilities of the ship owner, ship master and crew at the variousphases: the pre-sailing, sailing and post incident reporting/follow-up phases.In past four years (2008-2011), it was observed that more tug boats and bargeshad been targets of robbery and hijacking in certain locations of Asia. The inherent characteristics and activities of tug boats towing barges had made these vessels relatively more vulnerable, particularly the low freeboard, slow speed of a tug boat which on an average moving between 8-10 knots, small number of crew onboard a tug boat, and unmanned barges with cargoes and logistic items onboard.View more information by clicking at ReCAAP - Tug Boats and Barge (TaB) GuideSource: ReCAAP

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