ReCAAP ISC latest reports reveals that a total of 10 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in November 2016. Of these, six were actual incidents and four were attempted incidents. Of the six actual incidents, five were incidents of armed robbery against ships and one was a piracy incident. Of great concern was the continued occurrence of incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and off eastern Sabah. In November 2016, one actual incident and four attempted incidents of abduction of crew were reported.
Number of Incidents by Month (Nov 2015 – 2016)
In November 2016, 10 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia. On a month-to-month comparison from November 2015 to November 2016, the number of incidents has fluctuated throughout the one-year period.
Significance Level of Incidents
Of the six actual incidents reported in November 2016, one was a CAT 1 incident, one was a CAT 2 incident, three were CAT 3 incidents and one was a CAT 4 incident. The CAT 1 incident involved the abduction of six crew from a bulk carrier and the CAT 2 incident occurred on board a product tanker while anchored at Dumai anchorage, Indonesia. Of the three CAT 3 incidents, two occurred at ports and anchorages in Indonesia (Muara Berau anchorage and Batu Ampar port); and another at Vung Tau anchorage in Vietnam. The CAT 4 incident occurred on board a ship while anchored in the South China Sea.
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erned that ReCAAP’s figures do not tally with ours. MAST has logged significantly more verified reports than this via IMB, IMO and other reputable agencies.