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ReCAAP Piracy/Armed Robbery At Sea in Asia - May 2017

June 9, 2017 - 13:56:36 UTC
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ReCAAP ISC Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia - May 2017 Report

ReCAAP ISC latest report states that a total of six actual incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2017. No attempted incident was reported. Of the six incidents, one was a piracy incident in the South China Sea (SCS) and five were armed robbery against ships. Notably, there was no report on actual or attempted incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah in May 2017. However, there is no room for complacency.ReCAAP ISC Report May 2017 Cover

The ReCAAP ISC continues to reiterate the need for collective efforts and shared responsibility among ReCAAP Focal Points, regional authorities and the shipping industry in addressing the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.

NUMBER OF INCIDENTS MAY 2017

In May 2017, six incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia. Compared to the same period in 2016, the number of incidents reported in May 2017 had decreased by almost 50%. A total of 11 incidents were reported in May 2016 compared to six incidents in May 2017. Compared to the preceding month, the number of incidents reported in May 2017 had doubled; from three incidents in April 2017 to six incidents in May 2017.

JANUARY-MAY 2017

Of the 23 actual incidents reported during January-May 2017, three were CAT 1 incidents, two were CAT 2 incidents, seven were CAT 3 incidents and 11 were CAT 4 incidents. See Chart 1. The bulk of the incidents were CAT 4 in nature as was the situation for the same period in the past four years (January-May of 2013-2016).

There had been a decrease in the number of CAT 1 incidents during January-May 2017 compared to the same period in 2015 and 2016. The three CAT 1 incidents reported during January-May 2017 were incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters o Eastern Sabah.

The three incidents occurred in January, February and March of 2017. No actual abduction of crew incidents were reported in April and May of 2017. This could be attributed to the increase in presence and enhanced enforcement carried out by the Philippines and Malaysian authorities. The CAT 1 incidents reported during January-May of 2015 and 2016 included incidents involving the hijacking of tankers for theft of oil cargo. No such incident had been reported in 2017 so far.

LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENTS

Refer to Map 1 for the location of the six incidents reported in May 2017.

Location of Incidents, Map 1 - ReCAAP ISC

CONCLUSION

The overall situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in May 2017 had improved compared to the same period in 2016. Six incidents were reported in May 2017 compared to 11 incidents in May 2016. Since the first report on the abduction of crew from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and o waters of Eastern Sabah was made to the ReCAAP ISC in March 2016, this is the first time no report on actual or attempted incident was reported in May 2017.

Nevertheless, the ReCAAP ISC together with ReCAAP Focal Points, particularly the ReCAAP Focal Point for Philippines (Philippine Coast Guard), and the regional authorities will continue to monitor the situation closely and update on advisories and proactive measures initiated by the Philippine authorities in addressing the situation.

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OCEANUSLive Note: In collating additional reporting from various sources, it is recorded that 10 incidents occurred in Asia during May 2017. They include the following:

Posh Conquest, Bulk Carrier, 16 May - 1803 UTC;

Sapurakencana Samurda, Tug, 19 May - 1930 LT (Considered to be misinterpretation of intent of fishing boats);

(Name Withheld) Saudi Arabia, Product Tanker, 24 May -  2215 UTC;

(Unnamed) Singapore, Bulk Carrier, 28 May - Time not stated;

Uni Challenge, Bulk Carrier, 31 May - 2100 UTC.

Original Source: ReCAAP ISC


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