Eight armed robbery incidents against ships have been reported in November 2019 in Asia. Out of these, five incidents took place in the Singapore Strait. There are no reports of piracy.
Though no abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah were reported, the abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah is a major concern.
ReCAAP ISC is concerned about the regular occurrence of such incidents in the Singapore Strait.
Number of Incidents
In November 2019, eight incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported
Of the eight incidents, six were actual incidents and two were attempted incidents
All incidents have been verified and reported to the ReCAAP ISC by ReCAAP Focal Points
Status of Ships
Of the eight incidents reported in November 2019:
Five incidents occurred on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait
Two incidents on board ships anchored at Batangas anchorage, Philippines
One incident on board ship berthed at Belawan port, Indonesia
Significance Level of Incidents
Of the six actual incidents reported in November 2019, three were CAT 3 incidents and three were CAT 4 incidents
All three CAT 3 incidents occurred on board bulk carriers while underway in the Singapore Strait
Of the three CAT 4 incidents:
One occurred on board a barge towed by a tug boat in the Singapore Strait
One occurred on board a product tanker berthed at Belawan Port, Indonesia
One occurred on board a tanker anchored at Batangas anchorage, Philippines
The full report can be downloaded from the ReCAAP ISC website.
Reference: ReCAAP ISC