Source: ReCAAP ISC
The overall situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia during the first half of 2013 has improved. A total of 57 incidents comprising 54 actual incidents and three¬†attempted incidents, were reported during the period of January-June 2013 compared to 64 incidents reported during the same period in 2012.
The overall severity of incidents reported during January-June 2013 has also decreased. Of the 57 incidents, 13 were Category 2 (moderately significant) incidents, 20 were Category 3 (less significant) incidents, 21 were petty theft incidents and three were attempted incidents.
There was no Category 1 incident reported during January-June 2013. Notably, the number of Category 2 incidents was the lowest during January-June 2013 among the five-year reporting period. However, there had been an increase in the number of Category 3 incidents, while the number of petty theft incidents had decreased in January-June 2013.
The improvement during January‚ÄìJune 2013 compared to the same period in 2012 occurred in Bangladesh, India and the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. However, there had been an upward trend in the number of incidents, mostly Category 3 incidents reported at some ports and anchorages in Indonesia.
Majority of the incidents occurred during January‚ÄìJune 2013 involved robbers in groups of one to three men. Of the 54 actual incidents, 23 (or 43%) incidents involved robbers armed with knives and 36 (or 67%) incidents resulted in the loss of engine spares and stores. About three-quarter of the incidents reported that the crew was not injured while some cases (14 of 54) reported that the crew was threatened, assaulted and held hostage (tied up) before the robbers escaped with the crew‚Äôs cash and personal belongings.