A total of four incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in August 2017. Of these, three were actual incidents and one was an attempted incident. No piracy incident was reported. There was also no report of actual or attempted incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah in August 2017. The ReCAAP ISC continues to reiterate the need for collective efforts and shared responsibility among ReCAAP Focal Points, regional authorities and the shipping industry in addressing the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. In August 2017, a total of four incidents of armed robbery against ships (comprising three actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported. The location of the incidents is shown in Map 1. Compared to August 2016, the total number of incidents reported in August 2017 has increased by one incident. A total of three incidents (comprising two actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported in August 2016. Graph 1 shows the number of incidents occurred each month during August 2016 to August 2017. JANUARY-AUGUST 2017 A total of 43 incidents were reported during January-August 2017, of which 36 were actual incidents and seven were attempted incidents. The number of incidents reported during January-August 2017 was the lowest among the 10-year reporting period. Compared to January-August 2016, there was a 20% decrease in the total number of incidents reported during January-August 2017, and a 72% decrease compared to the same period in 2015. A total of 54 incidents were reported during January-August 2016, and 151 incidents reported during January-August 2015. The improvement during January-August 2017 was attributed to, amongst other contributing factors, the improvement of the situation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (since 2016), and at certain ports and anchorages in India, Indonesia and Vietnam. While the overall situation during January-August 2017 has improved, there was an increase in the number of incidents reported at ports and anchorages in Bangladesh (Chittagong) and Philippines (Manila and Batangas) compared to the same period in 2016. Source: ReCAAP
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