of seven incidents of piracy and armed robbery against shipsē were reported in
Asia (comprising five actual incidents and two attempted incidents) in January
2018. Of the seven incidents, one was a piracy incident and six were armed
robberies against ships. There was no actual or attempted incident involving
the abduction of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters
Eastern Sabah; and no incident involving the hijacking of ships for theft of
oil cargo in January 2018.
January 2018, there were two reports of arrest of perpetrators and recovery of
stolen items by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
to December 2017, the situation in January 2018 has improved.
of 16 incidents were reported in December 2017.
seven incidents reported in January 2018, five incidents occurred on board
ships while at anchor/berth, and two incidents on board ships while underway.
five incidents occurred at Muara Berau (East Kalimantan, Indonesia), Manila
(Philippines), Cam Pha (Vietnam) and the South China Sea.
incidents occurred on board ships while underway off Alang, Gujarat (India) and
off Pulau Karimun (Straits of Malacca and Singapore).On January seventh around
noon tanker Ocean I towed by tug boat was underway at Alang port in Gujarat
when three perpetrators boarded the tanker from a fishing boat. The ship crew
immediately reported the incident to the local authorities.
was no report of incident involving the abduction of crew from ships while
underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea in January 2018. The last actual incident occurred on board Super Shuttle Tug 1 on
23 Mar 17; and the last attempted incident occurred on board Doņa Annabel on
18 Apr 17.
The Indian Coastguard station at the nearby
Pipapava port requested the marine police in the area to investigate the
incident. The Marine police arrested all the perpetrators four days later and
recovered the stolen items from the ship stores and engine spares. The
investigation is ongoing
January 2018, nine crew members involved in the incident are still being held
in captivity. The Philippine authorities continued to conduct pursuit
operations and intensify its military operations to rescue the abducted crew
and neutralize the militant group.
advisory has been issued to all ships to re-route from the area, wherever
possible. Otherwise, ship masters and crew are strongly urged to exercise extra
vigilance while transiting the Sulu-Celebes Sea and eastern Sabah region in
Indonesia, maintain communication and report all incidents.
situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia has improved in
January 2018 compared to December 2017. A total of seven incidents were
reported in January 2018 compared to 16 incidents reported in December 2017.
There was no report on the abduction of crew for ransom and hijacking of ships
for theft of oil cargo in January 2018.
guide to counter piracy and armed robbery against ships (ReCAAP ISC) advocates
timely and accurate reporting of all incidents to the authorities and quick
response by the enforcement agencies. This was demonstrated in the incidents
involving Polar Ecuador and Ocean 1, which led to the arrest of
the perpetrators and recovery of the stolen items.
ReCAAP ISC advises ships transiting the areas of concern to exercise enhanced
vigilance, maintain look-out for suspicious approach by boats, report all
incidents to the nearest coastal State and flag State immediately, keep abreast
of the latest situation and implement preventive measures recommended.