Three incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in April 2019, down from 10 in April last year. There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah; and no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo reported. The potential for abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah remained a serious concern, said ReCAAP.
Compared with April 2018 there was a 70% decrease in the number of incidents reported in April 2019
Of the three incidents reported in April 2019, two incidents occurred on board tug boats while on towing operations in the Singapore Strait, and one incident on board a tanker anchored at Visakhapatnam SPM anchorage, India. All three incidents reported in April 2019 were CAT 4 incidents, the lowest level of significance.
Since the start of the year there have been four incidents of armed robbery against ships in the western sector of the Singapore Strait. The incidents occurred when the ships while underway in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Two incidents reported loss of scrap metal, while nothing was reported stolen in the other two incidents.