There has been an improvement in the armed robbery situation in Asia in January 2013. A total of seven incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in January 2013.
Compared to the same period in the past three years (January of 2010-2012), there has been a decrease in the number of incidents reported in January 2013. However, the number is still higher compared to January 2009 when only two incidents were reported.
Of the seven incidents reported in January 2013, one was a Category 2 (moderately significant) incident, two were Category 3 (less significant) incidents and four were petty theft (minimum significant) incidents. Details of the incidents reported in January 2013 are described in the Appendix.
Overall, the severity level of incidents reported in January 2013 has reduced compared to the same period in the past two years (January of 2011-2012). Only one Category 2 incident was reported in January 2013 compared to three Category 2 incidents reported in January 2011 and four in January 2012.