Jul 282011
 

A total of 82 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during January-June 2011. Of these, 70 were actual incidents and 12 were attempted incidents. Overall, there has been an increase in the number of incidents reported during this period compared to the same period in the past four years (January-June of 2007-2010) says The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia, ReCAAP.

The increase was mostly the Category 3, less significant, incidents which occurred at ports and anchorages. The number of Category 2, moderately significant, incidents and Category 1, very significant, incidents remained fairly consistent during January-June of 2010 and 2011.

Of the 82 incidents reported during January-June 2011, 18 were incidents of piracy and 64 were incidents of armed robbery against ships. Of the 18 piracy incidents, eight were actual incidents and 10 were attempted incidents. All eight actual piracy incidents occurred in the South China Sea. Of the 10 attempted piracy incidents, six occurred in the South China Sea, three in the Arabian Sea and one in the Bay of Bengal.

While there has been an improvement in the situation at the ports and anchorages in Bangladesh and Vietnam during January-June 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, there has been an increase in the number of incidents at ports and anchorages in
Indonesia. Of the 64 incidents of armed robbery against ships, one-third occurred in Indonesia.

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