InterManager urges vigilance despite fall in piracy incidents

Members are advised to continue vigilance in Asian waters despite an apparent fall in piracy attacks.

The latest ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre report shows a decline in reported incidents of armed robbery or piracy in Asian waters during the month of November – the third continuous monthly fall which indicates a continued slowdown in attacks. November saw a 53 percent decrease in reported incidents compared to October.

The ReCAAP report says that, during the month of November, no piracy incidents or tanker hijackings were reported. However there were seven reported armed robbery incidents, including one attempted robbery, against ships during November. Of those, three occurred in Indonesia, three in Vietnam, while the attempted incident was reported to have occurred in the in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

InterManager welcomes this improvement but advises members to maintain vessel vigilance particularly in port and at anchorages.

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