During the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference in Asia, the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) focused on piracy and sea robbery incidents in the South East Asia, highlighting a 62% decline from 2015 to 2018.
Straits of Malacca
MPA Singapore announced it will carry out a hydrographic survey in Straits of Malacca and Singapore, aiming to improve navigation and smooth uninterrupted passage in the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
Tanjung Bruas Port Sdn Bhd (TBP), a member of MMC Group, announced that it now offers container ships services at its terminal, Tanjung Bruas Port. On Thursday, April 18, TBP accommodated its first container vessel West Scent and undertook its first ever project in handling containerized shipment. The West Scent will depart for China’s Humen port after completing its cargo operations.
ReCAAP ISC published its weekly report concerning two piracy incidents that took place between 27 of February to 4 March in Straits of Malacca, Singapore and in the Gulf of Guinea. In both incidents the crew was not reported to be injured.
Fire broke out in the engine room of Dragon Star 1 ferry, on February 25. At the time of the incident the ferry was carrying 52 passengers, and was heading from Kuah Terminal, Langkawi Island to Kuala Perlis, northwest Malaysia. All passengers were rescued, but two were injured and were transferred to hospital.
In 2018, ReCAAP ISC started using Data Analytics to provide a deeper analysis of incidents based on the data it gathered in the last 12 years from 2007-2018. The report provides insights for incidents reported in the whole of Asia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, South China Sea and Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, gathered at the 11th Co-operation Forum being held from 24 to 25 September, reaffirming commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).
The South China Sea is a major trade route for crude oil, and in 2016, more than 30% of global maritime crude oil trade, or about 15 million barrels per day, passed through the South China Sea, according to EIA. Additionally, more than 90% of these crude oil volumes transited the Strait of Malacca.
A total of seven incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported in July 2018, according to ReCAAP ISC’s monthly report. The report reveals a 4% decrease in total incidents during January-July 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, but unveils an increased activity in the Singapore Strait.
ReCAAP ISC released its monthly report for piracy and armed robberies against ships in Asia. ReCAAP ISC reported a total of three incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in April 2018. The severity of the incidents was less in April 2017 and April 2018 compared to the same period of 2009-2016.
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