ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre released the February 2020 Report on the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
- A total of 10 incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in February 2020
- No piracy incident was reported
- There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah
- 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
- With four incidents reported in February 2020, a total of eight incidents have been reported in the Singapore Strait since January 2020, all in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS)
- ReCAAP ISC has issued an Incident Alert (IA/03/2020) on 9 Feb 20 on two incidents which occurred within an interval of an hour to ships while underway in the Singapore Strait
- There has also been an increase of incidents in India
- Four incidents were reported in India in February 2020
- With one incident reported in January 2020, a total of five incidents have been reported in India during January-February 2020 compared to five incidents reported in the whole year of 2019
Number of Incidents
- In February 2020, 10 incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported
- All were actual incidents
- All incidents have been verified and reported to the ReCAAP ISC by ReCAAP Focal Points
- Graph 1 shows the number of incidents reported each month from February 2019 to February 2020
- On a month-to-month comparison, the numbers of actual incidents in January and February 2020 were at a higher level compared to the monthly number of actual incidents in 2019.
Status of Ships
- Of the 10 incidents reported in February 2020, four incidents occurred on board ships when at anchor, and six incidents on board ships while underway
Significance Level of Incidents
- Of the 10 actual incidents reported in February 2020, three were CAT 3 incidents and seven were CAT 4 incidents
- No CAT 1 or CAT 2 incident was reported in February 2020
- Of the three CAT 3 incidents
- One incident occurred on board a tug boat anchored at Martabari Anchorage, Bangladesh
- One incident occurred on board an offshore supply ship anchored at Kakinada Anchorage, India
- One incident occurred on board a bulk carrier while underway in the Singapore Strait
- In all three incidents, the perpetrators were armed with knives, and they escaped immediately when they were sighted by the crew
- The crew was not injured in all three incidents
- Of the seven CAT 4 incidents
- Three were reported in the Singapore Strait of which one occurred on board a barge towed by tug boat and two occurred on board bigger ships (bulk carrier and tanker)
- Three incidents occurred on board ships in India (tanker and offshore supply ship at Kakinada Anchorage and oil/ chemical/gas tanker underway off Gujarat)
- One incident on board a barge towed by tug boat underway in the Kutubdia Channel, Bangladesh
Location of Incidents
- The location of the 10 incidents reported in February 2020 is shown in Map 1.
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