In its latest report, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) says that there has been a 5% year on year rise in the number of incidents reported between January-August 2018.
Of the eight incidents reported in August this year, seven were actual armed robberies against vessels and an one was an attempted robbery. Of these incidents, occurred onboard ships at anchor while two were onboard ships while underway. In July 2018, there were nine incidents reported.
ReCAAP notes that last month there were no reports of piracy, no reports of crew abduction in the Sulu-Celebes Seas, and no hijacking of ships for the theft of fuel oil cargoes.
A total of 57 incidents (45 actual incidents and 12 attempted incidents) have been verified and reported to ReCAAP ISC during January-August 2018, compared to 54 incidents (46 actual and eight attempted incidents) reported during January-August last year.