Piracy incidents down in Asia in Q1, says ReCAAP ISC

There were 14 piracy incidents reported in Asia during Q1 2018, down from 27 incidents. Q1 2018 consisted of  nine actual incidents and five attempted incidents, while Q1 2017 comprised 21 actual incidents and six attempted incidents, accfording to the latest report from ReCAAP ISC.

Of the 14 incidents reported during Q1 2018, one was an incident of piracy and 13 were incidents of armed robbery against ships.

ReCAAP said that the year on year improvement was due to a decrease in the number of incidents at ports and anchorages in Bangladesh and Philippines. There was no actual incident of abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Sea; and no incident of hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo during the first quarter, although of concern was an attempted incident reported in the Sulu-Celebes Sea involving container ship Kudos 1 on February 16th.