Piracy and Sea Robbery Situation in Asia in May 2019

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ReCAAP ISC on Thursday has released it’s piracy report for Asia for the month of May 2019.

  1. A total of seven incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2019.
  2. There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah; and no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo reported in May 2019
  3. However, the abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah remains a serious concern

Comparative Data

  1. In May 2019, six actual incidents of armed robbery against ships and one attempted incident of piracy were reported
  2. Compared to May 2018, there was a 22% decrease in the number of incidents reported in May 2019
  3. A total of nine incidents were reported in May 2018 compared to seven incidents in May 2019
  4. However, compared to the past six preceding months (November 2018 – April 2019), the number of incidents reported in May 2019 has increased
  5. Between November 2018 and April 2019, a total of three incidents to four incidents were reported each month

Status of Ships: Of the seven incidents reported in May 2019, three incidents occurred on board ships at anchor/berth (at Kandla in India; and Dumai and Cigading in Indonesia) and four incidents on board ships while underway (off Pulau Mapur, Indonesia; off Mindanao, Philippines in the Pacific Ocean; and off Tanjung Piai, Malaysia in the Singapore Strait)

Significance Level of Incidents: Of the six actual incidents reported in May 2019, one was a CAT 2 incident and five were CAT 4 incidents

Situation in Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah

As the threat of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off eastern Sabah remains, ReCAAP ISC maintains its advisory issued via the ReCAAP ISC Incident Alert dated 21 Nov 16 to all ships to reroute from the area, where possible

Otherwise, ship masters and crew are strongly urged to exercise extra vigilance while transiting the area, and report immediately to the Operation Centres of Philippines and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) of Malaysia

Sea News, June 14