According to the half yearly report from ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, a complete of 51 incidents of piracy and armed theft in opposition to ships (comprising 50 precise incidents and one tried incident) have been reported in Asia throughout January-June 2020 in comparison with 28 incidents (comprising 25 precise incidents and three tried incidents) throughout January-June 2019. This accounts for near a two-fold improve within the complete variety of incidents reported throughout JanuaryJune 2020 in comparison with the identical interval in 2019. Of the 51 incidents, 49 have been incidents of armed theft in opposition to ships and two have been piracy incidents. The improve of incidents throughout January-June 2020 occurred in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, South China Sea and Singapore Strait.
Of concern was the continued improve of incidents on board ships whereas underway within the Singapore Strait throughout January-June 2020 with 16 incidents, in comparison with eight incidents throughout the identical interval in 2019. However, there was enchancment on the ports/anchorages in China with no incident reported throughout January-June 2020, in comparison with three incidents throughout the identical interval in 2019. There have been additionally arrests of perpetrators at Chittagong Anchorage in Bangladesh, off Gujarat and Alang in India, off Pulau Batam, Indonesia and within the Singapore Strait.
The state of affairs of abduction of crew within the SuluCelebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah stays a severe concern as demonstrated by the kidnapping incident on a fishing trawler on 17 Jan 20 off Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia and knowledge of deliberate kidnapping actions by members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sabah and Semporna, Malaysia focusing on foreigners and crew of ships passing by the Tawi-Tawi and Sabah waters. Five of the crew kidnapped from the fishing trawler on 17 Jan are nonetheless held in captivity. Shipping corporations are suggested to observe the ReCAAP ISC’s ‘Guidance on Abduction of Crew within the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah’ and preserve communication with the Operation Centres of the Philippines and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) of Malaysia.
Of the 51 incidents reported throughout January-June 2020, 31 incidents (61%) occurred to ships whereas at anchor/berth and 20 incidents (39%) to ships whereas underway. This conforms to the previous development the place nearly all of incidents occurred to ships at anchor/berth.
During January-June 2020, 16 incidents have been reported within the Singapore Strait. Of the 16 incidents, 13 incidents occurred within the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS), one incident within the westbound lane of the TSS, one incident simply exterior (south) of the TSS and one incident within the precautionary space within the Singapore Strait.
(Source: ReCAAP – Image: Star Clipper crusing at daybreak within the Strait of Malacca in November 2019/Rene.P/EGN)

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