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SSA stresses the importance of distinguishing piracy and armed robbery

The importance of distinction when reporting incidents It is important to distinguish between armed robbery and piracy when reporting incidents in South East Asia waters says the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) which has commissioned a study to determine the scale of threat posed to seafarers in the area.The findings reveal that in the first quarter of this year the vast majority of incidents in this region fall under the category of armed robbery (which is within the territorial waters and under the jurisdiction of the sovereign state) not piracy (which is on the high seas). The distinction determines whether a merchant vessel can seek protection from the navy/coast guard of the littoral state or from the navy/coastguard of the vessel's flag of registry.Seafarers should note that recent reports of pirate attacks are in fact more likely to have been armed robbery and targeted at specific vessel types, particularly when in port or at anchor. SSA stresses that, with an estimated 50,000 -90,000 vessels transiting SOMS (Straits of Malacca and Singapore) each year and further numbers sailing around the South East Asia and South China seas, it can be calculated that the likelihood of a merchant vessel, which exercises high vigilance ...

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SE Asian piracy continues at unacceptable levels

OBP State of Maritime Piracy Report In its fifth State of Maritime Piracy Report, Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) analyzes the impacts of this crime during 2014 in the Western Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Guinea and, for the first time, in Southeast Asia.The Study finds: Southeast Asian piracy is especially dangerous for seafarers based on the quantity of attacks and 90% boarding success rate. Nearly 3,600 seafarers were on board vessels boarded by pirates in SE Asia. Gulf of Guinea piracy continues at unacceptable levels. There have been no piracy prosecutions and there is a lack of effective cooperation between regional governments and industry. Total economic cost estimated at $983 million for 2014.Collective efforts to address Somali piracy continue to dwindle, while there are indications that pirate activity and intent remain. Total economic cost for 2014 estimated at $2.3 Billion.At least 5,000 seafarers attacked in Southeast Asia, the Gulf of Guinea, and Western Indian Ocean in 2014.The Report will be officially launched at the Army and Navy Club (the Rag), 36 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN, on Wednesday, 10 June at 13:00, where a panel of experts will address key issues and answer questions. The panel will be moderated by ...

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IMB reports worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in Southeast Asian waters

According to latest IMB piracy report The Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) raises concerns over a worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in its 2014 half yearly report released this week.Globally, 116 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships have been reported to the PRC in the first six months of 2014, down on the 138 incidents for the corresponding period for 2013. In 2014,10 vessels were hijacked, seven fired upon, 78 boarded and 21 vessels reported attempted attacks against their vessels. Two hundred crewmembers were taken hostage, five kidnapped from their vessels and there were two fatalities according to the report.In Southeast Asia, at least six known cases of coastal tankers being hijacked for their cargoes of diesel or gas oil have been reported since April this year, sparking fears of a new trend in pirate attacks in the area. Until then, the majority of attacks in the region had been on vessels, mainly at anchor, boarded for petty theft."The recent increase in the number of successful hijackings is a cause for concern," stated IMB Director, Pottengal Mukundan. "These serious attacks have so far targeted small coastal tankers. ...

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