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No acts of piracy in Q1 in Asia, robberies against ships down to 10

  23.04.2019    

There were 10 reported cases of armed robberies against ships, including one attempted incident, in Asia during the first quarter of the year, down from 21 incidents during the same period a year ago that included six attempts, representing a 52 per cent year-on-year decrease, data from ReCAAP ISC shows.
According to the organisation's first quarter report on piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, the number of actual incidents fell by 40 per cent between January and March 2019.
Both the total number of incidents and number of actual incidents reported during the first quarter of this year are the lowest reported between the period covering 2007 and 2019.
Furthermore, the nine actual incidents reported in the first quarter were less severe incidents with one CAT 3 incident and eight CAT 4 (petty theft) incidents recorded. No severe CAT 1 and CAT 2 incidents were reported. Indeed, all incidents reported from January to March 2019 involved armed robberies targeting ships and no acts of piracy were reported.
With regards to observed improvements at ports and anchorages during the reporting period, the most significant improvements were noted in Indonesia, where three incidents were reported in Q1 2019, down from nine a year earlier.
There were also improvements at ports and anchorages in Bangladesh, India and Vietnam given that no incidents were reported at these locations in the first quarter, whereas three incidents were reported in Bangladesh and two incidents each in India and Vietnam between January and March 2018.
There were also no abductions of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off eastern Sabah in the first quarter, however, the abduction of crew for ransom still remains a serious threat in the area.
Of concern was the increase in the number of incidents at some anchorages in China and incidents of theft of scrap metal from barges while underway in the Singapore Strait during January-March 2019, prompting ReCAAP ISC to reiterate the need for enforcement agencies to enhance surveillance, increase patrols and respond promptly to the reporting of incidents.



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