ReCAAP ISC said that there was an overall drop in actual piracy and armed robbery in Asia during Q12017, in comparison with the same period last year. In particular, 20 incidents were reported, out of which 18 were armed robbery and 2 were piracy incidents. Also, 15 of the total incidents were actual while 5 were attempted attacks, representing a drop of 12% compared to Jan-Mar 2016. ReCAAP noted that the number of attempted incidents increased which is an indication of successful efforts by crew to deter boarding by perpetrators.
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: