Asia records 11 piracy and armed robbery cases in February, says ReCAAP report

17 March 2015 (Last Updated March 17th, 2015 18:30)

The number of piracy incidents reported last month is February's lowest in the last five-year reporting period, anti-piracy watchdog ReCAAP has revealed.

The number of piracy incidents reported last month is February’s lowest in the last five-year reporting period, anti-piracy watchdog ReCAAP has revealed.

According to the monthly report, a total of 11 piracy and armed robbery attacks against ships were reported in Asia during February. One incident involved piracy, while the remaining ten were armed robberies of vessels.

According to ReCAAP, two of the 11 events were Category 1 and two were Category 3, with the remaining seven classed as petty theft cases.

"Last month, six piracy and robbery attempts were reported in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore."

Last month, six piracy and robbery attempts were reported in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS); one occurred in the Malacca Strait and the other five took place in the Singapore Strait (SS).

Other recordings for the month include the attack on Thailand-registered product tanker Lapin, which was seized by armed perpetrators near Port Klang in Malaysia.

The pirates siphoned 5t of diesel and 2,000t of bunker oil from the vessel, before destroying Lapin’s communication devices and stealing ship and crew property.

In January this year, International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual report revealed that piracy at sea had dropped to its lowest level in eight years, representing a 44% dip since the peak in 2011.

Last year, pirates hijacked 21 vessels, boarded 183 and fired upon 13. Four crew members were killed and 13 injured, while nine people were kidnapped from their vessels.