The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) is the first regional government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance cooperation against piracy and armed robbery in Asia. In its April Report for 2016, the following data regarding piracy and armed robbery against ships are discussed.
A total of 10 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in April 2016; of these nine were actual incidents of armed robbery and one was an attempted incident. No incident involving hijacking of tankers for theft of oil cargo was reported in April 2016, a situation which has continued since September 2015. However there were two incidents involving the abduction of crew from tug boats in waters off east Sabah and southern Philippines in April 2016; and these were Category 1 (very significant) incidents. The ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the situation there, and has published a Special Report on 22 Apr 16 to share information on the recent situation and proposed measures to be taken by the shipping industry when operating in the vicinity.
Between January and April 2016, a total of 25 incidents were reported in Asia, and this accounts for a 61% decrease in number of incidents compared to the same period in 2015 when 64 incidents were reported.
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