ReCAAP ISC: Alert on Incidents in Singapore Strait during January-April

By Baibhav Mishra During January-April 2019, four incidents of unauthorised boarding of ships in locations of close proximity to each other were reported in the western sector of Singapore Strait. All four incidents occurred to tug boats towing barges and dredger while underway in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). Of the […]

Maritime chokepoints: the backbone of international trade

Earlier this year, two reports analysing the world’s main shipping routes found that international trade is increasingly reliant on a handful of transit chokepoints, the disruption of which could easily throw the global food supply and the energy market into disarray. BY EVA GREY The disruption of just one of the world’s eight key maritime […]

Regional maritime security exercise sees its largest group of participating countries

Lim Min Zhang SINGAPORE – More countries are coming together in an exercise to share information about maritime security challenges in the region. Called South-east Asia Cooperation and Training (Seacat), the two-week maritime security exercise co-hosted by Singapore and the United States has the largest number of participants this year, with 11 nations. To continue […]

Commentary: How to catch a pirate in Southeast Asia

Despite underlying sovereignty concerns and resource challenges, regional cooperation has a track record of stemming this threat, says an expert. By Koh Swee Lean Collin SINGAPORE: Being situated at the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans is both a boon and bane for Southeast Asia. On the one hand, this location brings forth trade […]

Keeping Singapore's coastline secure amid changing threats

Not only have efforts to enter Singapore illegally by sea have become more organised, the nature of threats has also changed. By Leong Wai Kit and Dawn Karen Tan SINGAPORE: Ninety-four people were arrested for trying to breach Singapore’s coastline in 2015 – a five-year high, and an average of one person every four days. […]

Singapore Supports ReCAAP ISC’s Roadmap for the Future

By Aiswarya Lakshmi Singapore endorsed the roadmap and strategies to strengthen Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) as a Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing on piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia by 2020. Singapore, as a Contracting Party to the ReCAAP and host to […]

Strait of Malacca: Accident Waiting to Happen?

Growing concerns over maritime safety in SOMS.  Increasing traffic in the Strait of Malacca in the contested South China Sea region is causing much concern over the safety of the vessels, reported The Jakarta Post. Participants of a tripartite forum are looking to initiate control measures which they hope will prevent more accidents from occurring, […]

Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore agree to strengthen coordination in Malacca Strait

Agreement will hopefully improve security in Malacca Strait.  YOGYAKARTA, Sept 26 — Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to strengthen coordination to address a wide range of problems in the Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait which serve as important global trade routes, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reports. “The three countries are very serious in view […]

Singapore Navy warns of increased piracy threat

Calmer waters see renewed threat of piracy. SAM CHAMBERS The Singapore Navy is warning shipowners in the region need to be super aware of a greater piracy threat in the upcoming few days. The navy’s maritime security information sharing division, the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) has just issued an update which reads as follows: “As […]

10 Years of Fighting Pirates in Asia

As ReCAAP marks its 10th anniversary, a look back at the achievements. By Prakash Panneerselvam This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Center (ISC) in Singapore. In those ten years, ReCAAP ISC has grown into a […]