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Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships situation in Asian waters

Six incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in August while no piracy incident was reported according to the Singapore based Anti Piracy watch agency ReCAPP Information Sharing Centre

The Information Centre has released the Report on the Situation of piracy and armed robbery against Ships in Asia during August.

There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah, Malaysia during the month.

However, the abduction of crew for ransom remains a serious concern as demonstrated by the Warning issued by ReCAAP ISC on 2 July 20 that five Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were planning to conduct abduction of crew from ships passing by the TawiTawi and Sabah watersn Indonesian waters.

ReCAAP ISC concerned about incidents on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait.

ReCAAP ISC is also concerned about the continued occurrence of incidents on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait. Two incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait in August.

With these, a total of 21 incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait during January-August 2020 comprising 17 incidents occurred in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS), two incidents in the precautionary area, one incident in the westbound lane of the TSS and one incident just outside (south) of the TSS

January to August Year-on-Year Comparison

A total of 65 incidents (comprising 63 actual incidents and two attempted incidents) of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during January August 2020. Of the 65 incidents, three were incidents of piracy and 62 were incidents of armed robbery against ships

Compared to January-August 2019, the total number of incidents reported during January-August 2020 had increased by 38 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year.

A total of 47 incidents (comprising 43 actual incidents and four attempted incidents) were reported during January-August 2019. The number of incidents reported during January-August 2020 was the highest compared to the same period of 2016-2019.

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