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December 10, 2014

Asia records 20 piracy incidents in November, ReCAAP report

A total of 20 piracy incidents were reported in November this year, according to the latest monthly piracy report from anti-piracy watchdog, ReCAAP.

By Samseer M

ReCAAP

A total of 20 piracy incidents have been reported in November this year, according to the latest monthly piracy report from anti-piracy watchdog, ReCAAP.

ReCAAP’s information sharing centre (ISC) report revealed that 11 incidents occurred onboard ships during voyages in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, as well as in the South China Sea.

The other nine incidents took place while the vessels were anchored, including three attempted cases where pirates were unable to board the ships.

These incidents happened in the South China Sea, Cochin and Sandheads anchorages in India, Chittagong port, Bangladesh, Samarinda anchorage, East Kalimantan, Indonesia and Vung Tau, Vietnam.

The report shows a reduction in the severity of incidents compared with the corresponding periods over the last four years.

Although incidents categorised as ‘less significant’ have increased, no ‘very significant’ incidents have been reported and the ‘moderately significant’ issues remain similar to that of last year.

"The report shows a reduction in the severity of incidents compared with the corresponding periods over the last four years."

The majority of the 23 piracy attacks this year occurred in June, with a further eight happening in January.

The Straits of Malacca and Singapore recorded a total of ten incidents in Novemberm including attacks against four tug boat towing barge and six tankers.

Five piracy incidents have been reported in the South China Sea, with four taking place onboard vessels that were anchored or berthed. The fifth was an attempt involving the Oriental Glory tanker, the report stated.

A recent report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) revealed that armed thieves are making South East Asian waters increasingly dangerous for small tankers carrying gasoil or marine diesel oil.


Image: ReCAAP records piracy incidents in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, and the South China Sea. Photo: courtesy of ReCAAP.

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