Armed Robbers Board Anchored Vessel off Indonesia

An anchored heavy lift carrier was boarded by four robbers armed with guns off Batu Ampar, Batam Island, Indonesia, according to data released by International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC). (more…)

Ocean Shipping in Asia Safer This Year

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). (more…)

Straits of Malacca removed from war risk zone

Lee Choon Fai

KUALA LUMPUR: The Straits of Malacca has been removed from a war risk zone list by the Lloyd’s Market Association Joint War Committee. (more…)

Terrorist Group Releases Four Tug Crewmembers

Philippine military officials have confirmed that four Malaysian tug crewmembers held by the Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf have been freed.  (more…)

ReCAAP ISC Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia – May 2016 Report

IN its latest report, ReCAAP ISC states that a total of eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in May 2016, and this accounts for a 65% decrease compared to the same period in 2015. (more…)

Tug and barge hijacked in SE Asia

ReCAAP reported over the weekend that the tug, Ever Prosper, was attacked and hijacked by pirates on June 3rd, off the east coast of Malaysia. (more…)

Piracy is a myth, illegal fishing more pressing concern: Official

Anggi M. Lubis

Piracy in Southeast Asia is a myth that overlooks the real threats that haunt regional waters, an Indonesian bureaucrat has claimed. The real threats are illegal fishing and organized crime. (more…)

Indonesia, Philippines launch coordinated border patrols to curb maritime piracy

The navies of Indonesia and the Philippines have launched coordinated border patrols to address maritime piracy and other international crimes in the shared maritime border of the two countries, an Indonesian navys spokesman stated. (more…)

The Economics of Piracy in South East Asia

In 2010, the UN published a report, “The Globalisation of Crime” which stated that “Until .. the recent and dramatic increase of piracy off the Coast of Somalia … piracy was a phenomenon in decline … thanks to effective and coordinated international action against the pirates”.  Though this may have been true for Somalia, elsewhere in the world it has proved to be anything but in decline. (more…)

U.S. Coast Guard, Malaysia strengthen partnership to improve port security

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Malaysian officials in April. (more…)