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Piracy remains key concern in Asia despite progress

Singapore's Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew says Singapore's Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said piracy remains a concern even though there has been progress in the fight against the threat.Mr Lui said recent events suggest an upswing in piracy incidents in Asia, but said on the positive side, the situation is not like that off the coast of Somalia.Most of the incidents in Asia are less serious and usually involve the theft of ship stores, spares and personal valuables.Mr Lui said Singapore does not take the threat of piracy lightly, and will continue to work closely with its partners in the international maritime community to combat this scourge.One of its most important partners is the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC).Mr Lui said it is the primary platform for anti-piracy cooperation between regional governments for the timely exchange of information and sharper operational capabilities.He said the ISC's value in countering piracy has been recognised with new members coming on board. From the original 14, ReCAAP now has 17 members.The United Kingdom will soon be on board, while other countries have also expressed interest in joining ReCAAP.Mr Lui made ...

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Singapore to host the ReCAAP ISC for another five years

Commitment to combat piracy and armed robbery Singapore MPA reaffirms its commitment to international co-operation to combat piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, as Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Mr Yoshihisa Endo, Executive Director of the Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) signed a Headquarters Agreement by which Singapore renewed its commitment to host the ReCAAP ISC for another five years.The signing of the new Headquarters Agreement took place on the sidelines of the 6th ReCAAP ISC Governing Council Meeting this morning. It was witnessed by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, and VADM Edmund Tan, Chairperson of the ReCAAP ISC Governing Council, Philippines Governor to ReCAAP ISC. VADM Edmund Tan is also the Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard."As a global hub port and a major flag state, Singapore is committed to combating piracy and armed robbery at sea. This new Headquarters Agreement will enable the ReCAAP ISC to strengthen its partnership with government and industry towards safe and secure shipping in Asia," said Minister Lui.Launched here ...

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ReCAAP issues Report for January 2012

A total of 19 incidents were reported during the month The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) issued its Report for January 2012.A total of 19 incidents were reported during the month, comprising 16 actual incidents and three attempted incidents.A total; of twelve incidents were reported in January 2010 and eleven incidents were reported in January 2011.You may view the Report by clicking here.Source: ReCAAP

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Situation of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia for 2011

ReCAAP poster showing piracy activity during last year The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a poster concerning the Situation of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia for 2011.It includes a map showing where the incidents occurred and points out that most incidents happen between midnight and 0600 local time.You can view the poster by clicking here.Source: ReCAAP

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ReCAAP issues Report for November 2011

ten incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted its report for November 2011.A total of ten incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported during the month as opposed to 17 such incidents reported during November 2010.One incident of piracy was reported in November 2011 as opposed to three such incidents in November 2010.You can view the Report, by clicking here.Source: ReCAAP

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ReCAAP issues Report of the 2011 Piracy & Sea Robbery Conference

Trends and assessments of piracy and sea robbery in Asia The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued the Report of the 2011 Piracy & Sea Robbery Conference, jointly sponsored by ReCAAP, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), the NATO Shipping Centre, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore on 14 April 2011.The conference addressed, among other things, trends and assessments of piracy and sea robbery in Asia; regional industry, ship owner's and seafarer's perspectives on piracy and sea robbery; and operational experiences of participating naval forces in combating piracy and sea robbery off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.To view the Report, click here.Source: ReCAAP

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ReCAAP issues report on hijacked/missing tug boats and barges in Asia

During the period March-June 2011 The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre issued a Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Special Report on hijacked/missing tug boats and barges in Asia during the period March-June 2011.Five potential incidents were reported, but only three could be confirmed as constituting piracy (one incident) or armed robbery against ships (two incidents). In the first incident, the tug boat and barge remain missing. In the second incident, the barge was found and the crew rescued, but the tug boat remains missing.In the third incident, both the tug boat and barge were recovered and the crew was rescued. Owners and masters of tug boats in Southeast Asia are advised to exercise caution (particularly where the tug boat is relatively new)Source: ReCAAP

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