The ReCAAP has published infographic to depict the mobility of piracy and armed robbery incidents against ships in Asia during January-March 2017. In general, there was an overall drop in actual piracy and armed robbery, however, the number of attempts increased.
From January to March, 20 incidents occurred, among theem 18 were armed robbery and 5 were piracy incidents. Out of these, 15 actual incidents were reported, representing a drop of 12% compared to January-March 2016.
- Bulk of the overall increase is due to increase in attempted incidents.
- Number of actual incidents had decreased by 12% compared to Jan – Mar 2016
- Increase in number of attempted incidents is an indication of successful efforts by crew to deter boarding by perpetrators
- Of concern was the abduction of crew in Sulu-Celebes Sea involving the discharge of firearms at ships and crew which resulted in injuries and even death of crew
Find herebelow more detailed information on piracy and armed robbery incidents against ships in Asia during the first quarter of 2017: