Piracy and Sea Robbery Situation in Asia in May 2018: ReCAAP ISC

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A total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships¹ were reported in Asia in May 2018. No piracy incident was reported. There was also no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo. Here is an overview of piracy and armed robbery against Ships in Asia in May 2018:

  1. A total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships—comprising six actual incidents and two attempted incidents—were reported in Asia in May 2018
  2. Compared to April 2018, the number of incidents reported in May 2018 has remained fairly consistent
  3. Of the eight incidents reported in May 2018, two incidents occurred on board ships while underway and six incidents on board ship at anchor
  4. Of the six actual incidents reported in May 2018, one was a CAT 2 incident, one was a CAT 3 incident and four were CAT 4 incidents
  5. There was no CAT 1 incident and majority of the incidents were CAT 4 (petty theft cases)
  6. No piracy incident was reported
  7. There was also no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo

Sea News, June 8