Southeast Asia crime tops the week

Girija Shettar

Pirate and maritime crime activity in southeast Asian waters is “at a high level” for the week from 20 September, according to intelligence co-ordinator MARLO.

A total of four incidents were recorded in the MARLO Piracy Analysis and Threat to Shipping report, as against two the previous week. Incidents for this week were one kidnapping, two boarding events, and one attempted boarding. The two incidents the week previously were attempted boardings.

Notably, the kidnapping incident did not involve ship crew or shipping personnel, but a holiday resort manager and three others from a resort on Samal Island in the southern Philippines.

Ships were targeted for boardings and attacks and involved two underway bulk carriers, one berthed product tanker, and one anchored bulk carrier.

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