Only three relatively minor incidents of piracy in Asia last month

There were three incidents of armed robbery against ships reported in Asia in January 2019 down from 11 incidents reported in January 2018.

All three incidents reported in January 2019 occurred on board ships that were anchored at the time; one at Caofeidian anchorage and one at Jingtang anchorage in China; and one at Ciwandan anchorage in Indonesia.

One was a CAT 3 incident and two were CAT 4 (the most minor grade) incidents.

There were no abduction reports in the Sulu-Celebes Seas or waters off Eastern Sabah; no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo was reported in January 2019.

On January 15th the Philippine authorities rescued the remaining one abducted fisherman of fishing boat Sri Dewi 1, which had been sailing in waters off Gaya Island, Semporna, Sabah on September 11th 2018 when two masked men armed with firearms boarded the fishing boat and abducted two fishermen. The other abducted fisherman was rescued by the authorities on December 5th 2018

As of January 31st, nine seafarers were being held in captivity.

Mito General cargo ship 11 Jan 19 0700 hrs Nr Jakarta

Name withheld Bulk carrier 12 Jan 19 0430 hrs Nr Beijing

FMG Northern Spirit (IMO 9753595)  Bulk carrier 30 Jan 19 0055 hrs Nr Beijing. Manager Fortescue Metals Group of Perth, WA. Entered with Gard.