Nine Asian piracy incidents in October

Nine incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia occurred in October 2017, reported ReCAAP ISC. Of these, two were piracy incidents and seven were armed robberies against ships.

No actual or attempted incident involving the abduction of crew from ships was reported in the Sulu-Celebes Sea or the waters off Eastern Sabah in October 2017; neither was there an incident involving the hijacking of a ship for theft of oil cargo. However, there was an increase in the number of incidents occurring on board ships while underway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

From January to October 2017 there were 51 reported actual incidents and nine attempted incidents, in total the lowest for the 10-year reporting period, and 9% down year on year.

The improvement this year was attributed to, amongst other things, an improvement of the situation at certain ports and anchorages in Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.

There was an increase in the number of incidents reported at ports and anchorages in Bangladesh (Chittagong), Philippines (Manila and Batangas); and on board ships while underway in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) compared with the same period in 2016.

Of the seven actual incidents reported in October 2017, four were CAT 3 incidents and three were CAT 4 incidents.

Of the 51 actual incidents reported during January to October 2017, five were CAT 1 incidents, four were CAT 2 incidents, 17 were CAT 3 incidents and 25 were CAT 4 incidents. Most of the CAT 1 incidents in the year to date were abduction of crew (for ransom) from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah, the responsibility for which was claimed by criminal/terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.