Piracy and sea robbery incidents in Asia were up 18% in the first half of 2015, compared with the same period in 2014, piracy reporting centre ReCAAP ISC’S half-yearly report shows.
In particular, there was a substantial increase in the number of petty theft cases on ships sailing in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
During January-June 2015, 106 incidents were reported in Asia, comprising 100 actual incidents and six attempted incidents. Of the 106 incidents, 11 were piracy incidents that occurred in the South China Sea and 95 were incidents of armed robbery against ships. Amongst these, the number of petty theft incidents was highest during January-June 2015.