No piracy incident was reported, there was also no report of an abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo.
The ReCAAP ISC has received information from the Philippine Focal Point (Philippine Coast Guard) that a group of approximately 10 ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) members armed with pistol, rifles and grenade launcher.
A total of 64 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 50 actual incidents and 14 attempted incidents) reported in Asia during January-September 2018.
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 reported in August 2018.
A total of seven incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in July 2018. No piracy incident was reported.
ReCAAP ISC released its Half-Yearly Report. Highlights of the report, whose information is verified by the respective government agencies, also known as Focal Points, and regional authorities, include:
ReCAAP ISC and WMU signed an MOU to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in the shared interest in increasing the knowledge of the evolving situation of piracy and sea robbery in Asia.
At the 12th Governing Council Meeting in 2018, the Council announced that ReCAAP ISC has met the criteria to be a Centre of Excellence for information sharing in combating piracy and armed robbery at sea.
The topic of discussion, “Is a Single Reporting Centre the Answer to Timely Reporting, and Prompt Response against Piracy and Sea Robbery?” draws on a feedback pertaining to the IMO MSC Circular MSC.1/Circ. 1334.