Seven incidents of armed robbery in moving merchant ships reported in the Asian region during April

2021-05-14 17:35:08 Shipping News

A total of seven incidents (all actual incidents) of armed robbery against moving ships were reported in the Asian region during April according to a Singapore based anti piracy information center.

All were incidents of armed robbery against ships. There was no piracy incident. Of the seven incidents, five incidents occurred to ships underway in the Singapore Strait (SS), one incident on board a ship berthed at MOT Terminal, Sandakan, East Malaysia and one incident on board a ship anchored in Manila Bay, the Philippines.

With these incidents, a total of 24 incidents (comprising 23 actual incidents and one attempted incident) of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during January-April 2021. This is a decrease by 38 per cent, compared to the same period in 2020.

A total of 39 incidents reported during January-April 2020

A total of 39 incidents (comprising 38 actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported during January-April 2020.

Of the 23 actual incidents during January-April 2021, one was a CAT 2 incident, seven were CAT 3 incidents and 15 were CAT 4 incidents (where the perpetrators were not armed and crew not harmed).

A total of 12 actual incidents were reported in the Singapore Straits from January-April 2021 (11 incidents in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme and one incident in the westbound lane). This is a decrease by 50 per cent, compared to January-April 2020 (24 incidents).

However, due to the continued occurrence of incidents in the Singapore Straits, the Centre issued an Incident Alert (IA 03/2021) on 23 April to alert the shipping community of the recurring incidents in the Singapore Straits, particularly off Tanjung Pergam, Bintan Island, Indonesia.

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