A total of eight incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in November 2019. Of the eight incidents reported in November 2019, five incidents (comprising four actual incidents and one attempted incident) occurred in the Singapore Strait. No piracy incident was reported
There was also no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah reported. However, the abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah remains a serious concern.
ReCAAP ISC is also concerned about the continued occurrence of incidents on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait.
Number of Incidents
- In November 2019, eight incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported
- Of the eight incidents, six were actual incidents and two were attempted incidents
- All incidents have been verified and reported to the ReCAAP ISC by ReCAAP Focal Points
Status of Ships
- § Of the eight incidents reported in November 2019:
- Five incidents occurred on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait
- Two incidents on board ships anchored at Batangas anchorage, Philippines
- One incident on board ship berthed at Belawan port, Indonesia
Significance Level of Incidents
- Of the six actual incidents reported in November 2019, three were CAT 3 incidents and three were CAT 4 incidents
- All three CAT 3 incidents occurred on board bulk carriers while underway in the Singapore Strait
- Of the three CAT 4 incidents:
- One occurred on board a barge towed by a tug boat in the Singapore Strait
- One occurred on board a product tanker berthed at Belawan Port, Indonesia
- o One occurred on board a tanker anchored at Batangas anchorage, Philippines
The full report can be downloaded from the ReCAAP ISC website.