Piracy in Asia at new low for January/February

ReCAAP ISC has reported just three reported incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia in February.

There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas or in the waters off Eastern Sabah and no report of hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo. But the organization warned that the abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah remained a matter for “serious concern”.

Of the three incidents reported in February 2019, one incident occurred on board ship anchored at Caofeidian anchorage in China, one on board a ship anchored at Belawan anchorage in Indonesia, and one on a ship while underway in the Singapore Strait. All three were “CAT 4”, the least serious category that is roughly the equivalent of minor or petty crime.

Both the total number of incidents and the number of actual incidents reported during in January and February 2019 (six) were the lowest in the 13-year period of January-February, 2007-2019.