Situation of Piracy and Armed Robbery in Asia in Nov 2019

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Overview

§ A total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in November 2019

§ Of the eight incidents reported in November 2019, five incidents (comprising four actual incidents and one attempted incident) occurred in the Singapore Strait

§ No piracy incident was reported

§ There was also no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah reported

§ However, the abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah remains a serious concern

§ ReCAAP ISC is also concerned about the continued occurrence of incidents on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait

Number of Incidents

§ In November 2019, eight incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported

§ Of the eight incidents, six were actual incidents and two were attempted incidents

§ All incidents have been verified and reported to the ReCAAP ISC by ReCAAP Focal Points

Status of Ships

§ Of the eight incidents reported in November 2019:

o Five incidents occurred on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait

o Two incidents on board ships anchored at Batangas anchorage, Philippines

o One incident on board ship berthed at Belawan port, Indonesia

Significance Level of Incidents

§ Of the six actual incidents reported in November 2019, three were CAT 3 incidents and three were CAT 4 incidents

§ All three CAT 3 incidents occurred on board bulk carriers while underway in the Singapore Strait

§ Of the three CAT 4 incidents:

o One occurred on board a barge towed by a tug boat in the Singapore Strait

o One occurred on board a product tanker berthed at Belawan Port, Indonesia

o One occurred on board a tanker anchored at Batangas anchorage, Philippines

Sea News, December 13