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ReCAAP ISC reports eight piracy incidents in Asia during May

Fecha de la noticias: 08/06/2018 • Publicada: 08/06/2018 

In its latest piracy report, ReCAAP ISC reported that a total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2018. No piracy incident was reported, as well as no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas or hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo

Namely, in May 2018, of the total eight incidents six were actual incidents, while two were attempted incidents of armed robbery against ships. All incidents have been verified and reported to the ReCAAP ISC by ReCAAP Focal Points and regional authorities.

In comparison to April 2018, the number of incidents reported in May 2018 has remained fairly consistent.

Credit: ReCAAP ISC

Of the eight incidents that were reported in May 2018, two incidents happened on board ships that were underway, while six incidents happened on board ship while it was at anchor.

Moreover, of the six actual incidents:

  • One was a CAT 2 incident;
  • One was a CAT 3 incident;
  • Four were CAT 4 incidents;
  • There was no CAT 1 incident and majority of the incidents were CAT 4, meaning petty theft cases.

Credit: ReCAAP ISC

However, ReCAAP ISC noted it concern for the continued occurrence of incidents in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). Two incidents were reported on 19 May 18, bringing the total number of incidents in SOMS to five during January-May 2018 compared to two incidents reported during the same period in 2017.

Summarizing, during May 2018:

  • A total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships, comprising six actual incidents and two attempted incidents, were reported in Asia;
  • Compared to April 2018, the number of incidents reported in May 2018 has remained fairly consistent;
  • Of the eight incidents reported in May 2018, two incidents occurred on board ships while underway and six incidents on board ship at anchor;
  • Of the six actual incidents reported in May 2018, one was a CAT 2 incident, one was a CAT 3 incident and four were CAT 4 incidents;
  • There was no CAT 1 incident and majority of the incidents were CAT 4, meaning petty theft cases;
  • No piracy incident was reported;
  • There was also no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo.

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