While the onset of pandemic has disrupted life for many seafarers who either stranded at sea with extended tenure or awaiting a new job opportunity to return to the sea, the maritime sector has surprisingly stayed active throughout the pandemic.
Reference the warning disseminated by the ReCAAP ISC on 22 May 2020 (Warning 01-2020) about a group of five Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members planning to conduct kidnapping activities in undisclosed areas in Sabah, Malaysia.
ReCAAP ISC is also concerned about the continued occurrence of incidents onboard ships while underway in the Singapore Strait; three incidents were reported in May 2020
Seven crew members of the Portuguese flagged container vessel MSC Talia F have been released from the captivity of pirates in Africa.
A product tanker Stolt Apal was attacked by pirates about 75nm off Yemen. The ship was underway in the Gulf of Aden, when the armed guards aboard Stolt Apal and pirates were engaged in firing.
A total of nine incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in April 2020. Of the nine incidents, one was a piracy incident and eight were incidents of armed robbery against ships.
Container ship Maersk Tema was attacked by two speed boats on Friday 14th in the Gulf of Guinea. Operated by Bernhard Schulte Ship, the container ship was off São Tomé, in the Gulf of Guinea, at the time of the attack.
During 24-30 Dec 19, three actual incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported to ReCAAP ISC. One was a CAT 31 incident and two were CAT 42 incidents.
Since ReCAAP ISC had issued Incident Alert 05/2019 on 23 October 2019 on ‘Incidents involving ships while underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait’, another four incidents were reported in the eastbound lane of the TSS of the Singapore Strait.