Piracy in Asia on the decline, for now

But elsewhere, piracy increased in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships, crews around West Africa

IT is always dangerous to be complacent when it comes to criminality at sea. However the latest report from the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in Asia (ReCAAP) secretariat is encouraging. One incident is one too many and in January a total of three incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia.

Nevertheless, compared to January 2018, that represents a 73 per cent decrease. All three incidents reported in January 2019 occurred on board ships at anchor; one at Caofeidian anchorage and one at Jingtang anchorage in China; and one at Ciwandan anchorage in Indonesia. All were relatively minor incidents; nobody was physically harmed...

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