According to knowledge launched by the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, a complete of 97 incidents of piracy and armed theft in opposition to ships have been reported in Asia in 2020. Actual incidents are incidents the place pirates/robbers boarded the ship. Attempted incidents are incidents the place pirates/robbers tried however didn’t board the ship.
Of the 97 incidents, 95 have been precise incidents and two have been tried incidents, (precise incidents are incidents the place pirates/robbers boarded the ship. Attempted incidents are incidents the place pirates/robbers tried however didn’t board the ship). Compared to 2019, the entire variety of incidents in 2020 elevated by 17%, and the variety of precise incidents elevated by 32%. In 2019, 83 incidents (comprising 72 precise incidents and 11 tried incidents) have been reported. The whole variety of incidents reported in 2020 are the best among the many previous three-year interval (2018-2020).
The enhance of incidents in 2020 as in comparison with 2019 occurred within the following areas (all these incidents are armed theft in opposition to ships besides within the South China Sea):
• In Bangladesh, 5 incidents have been reported in 2020 in comparison with no incident in 2019.
• In India, 9 incidents have been reported in 2020 in comparison with 5 incidents in 2019.
• In the Philippines (excluding the Sulu-Celebes Seas), 13 incidents have been reported in 2020 in comparison with seven incidents in 2019.
• In Vietnam, six incidents have been reported in 2020 in comparison with two incidents in 2019.
• In the South China Sea, 4 incidents of piracy have been reported in 2020 in comparison with one incident of piracy in 2019.
• In the Singapore Strait, 34 incidents have been reported in 2020 in comparison with 31 incidents in 2019.
However, there was a lower within the variety of incidents reported in 2020 in comparison with 2019 within the following areas:
• In China, no incident was reported in 2020 in comparison with three incidents in 2019.
• In Malaysia (excluding the Singapore Strait), three incidents have been reported in 2020 in comparison with eight incidents in 2019.
• In Sulu-Celebes Seas, one incident of abduction of crew was reported in 2020 in comparison with two incidents of abduction of crew in 2019.
Of the 97 incidents reported in 2020, 55 incidents (57%) occurred to ships whereas at anchor/ berth and 42 incidents (43%) to ships whereas underway. This conforms to the previous pattern the place the vast majority of the incidents occurred to ships whereas at anchor/berth. All the incidents reported within the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) and the Sulu-Celebes Seas occurred on board ships whereas underway.
A complete of 34 incidents have been reported within the Singapore Strait in 2020. Of these, 30 incidents occurred within the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS), two incidents within the precautionary space within the Singapore Strait, one incident within the westbound lane of the TSS and one incident simply exterior (south) of the TSS. 82% of the accidents occurred at evening.
The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery in opposition to Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) is the primary regional government-to-government settlement to advertise and improve cooperation in opposition to piracy and armed theft in opposition to ships in Asia.
The ReCAAP Agreement was launched in November 2006 with14 Asian Contracting Parties together with North, Southeast, and South Asian nations. It has 20 Contracting Parties right this moment, together with Europe (Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the United Kingdom), Australia, and the United States.
The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) was established in Singapore on November 29, 2006.
(Source: ReCAAP – Image: Entering the Strait of Malaca exterior Singapore from the Star Clipper in November 2019/Rne Pierre B.)
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