Report Shows 56-Percent Drop in Number of Incidents Against Vessels
A total of eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2016. This accounts for a 65-percent decrease compared to the same period in 2015, according to a new report from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).
For the period of January to May 2016, a total of 38 incidents were reported, the lowest in number compared to the same period in the past four years.
There was no incidents reported in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore in May 2016. However, there was one incident involving the hijacking of an oil tanker, the Hai Soon 12, after a lapse of nine months from the last oil cargo theft incident which occurred last year on August 8. In the latest case, the Indonesian authorities successfully foiled the theft by boarding the tanker, rescuing the crew, arresting the perpetrators, and recovering the full cargo.
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