ReCAAP Piracy and Armed Robbery Information Sharing Centre, 3rd Quarter Report Jan – Sept 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) 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. The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted a summary of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters during the third quarter of 2017.

A total of 50 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 43 actual incidents and seven attempted incidents) were reported during January-September 2017 in Asia. Of the 50 incidents, seven were incidents of piracy and 43 were incidents of armed robbery against ships. The total number of incidents reported during January-September 2017 has decreased by 15% compared to the same period in 2016. A total of 59 incidents were reported during January-September 2016.

Executive summary:

  • Of the 50 incidents, seven were incidents of piracy and 43 were incidents of armed robbery against ships.
  • The total number of incidents reported during January-September 2017 has decreased by 15% compared to the same period in 2016. A total of 59 incidents were reported during January-September 2016.
  • During January-September 2017, there were improvements at ports and anchorages in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
  • However, there has been an increase in the number of incidents reported at certain ports and anchorages in Philippines. A total of 11 incidents were reported in Philippines (off Batangas and Manila) during January-September 2017 compared to three incidents reported there during the same period in 2016.
  • No incident of abduction of crew from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah was reported since the last attempted incident reported in April 2017. As of 30 Sep 2017, 14 crew are still being held in captivity out of the 59 crew abducted since March 2016.

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Source: ReCAAP

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