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.