Piracy incidents rise in Singapore Strait

According to data from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCaap ISC), a total of 31 piracy incidents were recorded in the Singapore Strait by 30 December 2019 compared to eight in 2018. While there is an equal distribution of incidents in the westbound and eastbound lanes of the strait over the last 12 months, 12 of the 16 incidents recorded in the eastbound lane occurred in a relatively short period between 23 November and 30 December 2019.

Unlike the incidents occurring in the westbound lane of the Singapore Strait last year, which primarily involved barges towed by tug boats, theft of scrap metal and no reports of crew injuries, the incidents in the eastbound lane primarily involved bulk carriers (8) and tankers (5), with reports of crew being confronted, threatened and injured as well.

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Source: https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com

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