(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Information Fusion Centre, or IFC in short, is a regional Maritime Security (MARSEC) center that aims to facilitate information sharing and collaboration between key maritime partners and stakeholders to enhance security at sea.
From January to June 2022, the IFC recorded a total of 59 incidents in the IFC’s AOI; this was higher compared to the same period in 2021 (42 incidents), and 2020 (57 incidents), but lower than 2019 (65 incidents).
The overall increase is likely due to the combination of factors such as:
- The economic impact of COVID-19, may have driven more people to resort to crime at sea to make ends meet
- More incidents are being shared with the IFC by our partners
- More active reporting by shippers, possibly due to increased trust that authorities would take action.
The areas that recorded the highest number of incidents thus far in 2022 were:
- The Singapore Strait
- Chittagong Port, Bangladesh
- Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.
In the second half of 2022, the IFC expects the overall trend in TRAPS numbers to remain consistent with what was observed in the first half of 2022, with the possibility of spike as the impact of COVID-19 remains unpredictable.
Tankers were the most targeted vessels in the IFC AOI with 20 incidents (35%), followed by bulk carriers (33%). The remaining incidents involved tugs-and-barges (10%), fishing vessels (10%), container vessel (3), small boat (2), barge (1), vehicle carrier (1), pleasure craft (1), oil platform (1), and cargo vessel (1).
In the Singapore Strait, bulk carriers remain the prime target (50%), followed by tankers (36%), and tugs-and-barges (14%); this is due to them being slow-moving with low freeboard. For incidents that occurred within anchorages and ports, tankers and bulk carriers were the prime targets, especially in Chittagong, Bangladesh and Belawan, Indonesia.
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