The seas in Southeast Asia are becoming safer, according to ReCAAP – the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia. There was just one reported incident in the first 11 months of 2016 in the Strait of Malacca.
For all of Asia, there were 77 attempts of robbery at sea or piracy, a drop of 60%. However, the Sulu-Celebes Sea off eastern Sabah continues to see a high number of crew abductions
Unfortunately Singapore-based ReCAAP’s 20-strong membership does not include Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia already hosts Kuala Lumpur-based International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre. Meanwhile Indonesia, considering its extensive coastline, could feel that it would be a more suitable host than Singapore for such an organization.