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Piracy, robbery and hijacks a persistent problem

S-E Asia is a hotspot, driven by demand for illicit oil and an established black market

US Navy Vessels Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) members and a Filipino sailor practice techniques to arrest and search a suspected pirate during a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

THE recent hijacking of the Singapore-registered tanker Joaquim and the theft of its fuel oil cargo worth nearly S$1 million is an unwelcome reminder that this region features prominently in global piracy and armed robbery statistics.

In its most recent quarterly report, the International...

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