Increased Piracy attack in the Singapore Strait.

Piracy attacks and robbery since 2019 through 2020 within the Singapore Strait has increased sharply as compared to the period of 2016-2018. In 2020 as of 20 November, 33 incidents were reported compared to the 31 incidents in the whole of 2019. The number of incidents during January-November 2020 accounts for an increase of 43% compared to January- November 2019 (23 incidents).

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Although the majority of the 33 incidents reported during January-November 2020 were at a low level of severity, the ReCAAP ISC is seriously concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents in the Strait. In some incidents, perpetrators were persistent in committing crime by boarding two ships in a row within a short interval and in close proximity.

This Special Report is to alert the shipping industry and law enforcement agencies on the current situation of concern in the Singapore Strait and to provide an insight of the incidents, the modus operandi of the perpetrators and recommendations to the shipping industry and authorities of littoral States.

The ReCAAP ISC advises ship master and crew to exercise enhanced vigilance and immediately report all incidents and presence of suspicious small boats in the vicinity, to the nearest coastal State. The littoral States are urged to increase the patrol and enforcement in their respective waters as well as to strengthen cooperation and coordination among the littoral States for patrols and sharing information on the latest situation and criminal groups involved, in order to arrest perpetrators.

Source: Hellenic Shipping News

Louis Gyan Kofi
Author: Louis Gyan Kofi

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