A total of 14 incidents (comprising nine actual incidents and five attempted incidents) were reported in Asia during January-March 2018 compared to 27 incidents (comprising 21 actual incidents and six attempted incidents) during the same period in 2017. This accounts for a 48% decrease in the number of incidents reported during January-March 2018 compared to January-March 2017. Of the 14 incidents reported during January-March 2018, one was an incident of piracy and 13 were incidents of armed robbery against ships. The improvement of the situation during January-March 2018 was due to a decrease in the number of incidents at ports and anchorages in Bangladesh and Philippines.
There was no actual incident of abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Sea; and no incident of hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo during January-March 2018. However, of concern was an attempted incident reported in the Sulu-Celebes Sea involving container ship, Kudos 1 on 16 Feb 18. In comparison, the incidents reported during January-March 2018 were less severe than incidents reported during January-March 2017. There was no CAT 1 and CAT 2 incidents reported during January-March 2018. Of the nine actual incidents reported during January-March 2018, three were CAT 3 and six were CAT 4 incidents. As for January-March 2017, of the 21 actual incidents, three were CAT 1, one was CAT 2, five were CAT 3 and 12 were CAT 4 incidents. During January-March 2018, several arrests of perpetrators and recovery of stolen items were reported.
The ReCAAP ISC commends the authorities for their quick action in response to the ship’s timely reporting. In these incidents, the authorities were able to recover the stolen items; and arrest the perpetrators. The ReCAAP ISC encourages ship master and crew to exercise enhanced vigilance and make timely reporting of all incidents to the nearest coastal State and flag State; and enforcement agencies to provide quick responses to reports of incidents, and render assistance to victim ships.