INCIDENTS OF PIRACY AND ARMED ROBBERY AGAINST SHIPS IN ASIA IN JANUARY 2017
A total of six incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in January 2017. No incident of piracy was reported. Of the six incidents, four were actual incidents and two were attempted incidents. Of concern was the continued occurrence of incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships while underway in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off eastern Sabah.
In January 2017, one actual incident and one attempted incident involving the abduction of crew were reported. NUMBER OF INCIDENTS BY MONTH (JANUARY 2016 – JANUARY 2017)
In January 2017, six incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia. This is a 40% decrease in the total number of incidents compared to January 2016. A total of 10 incidents were reported in January 2016.
On a month-to-month comparison between January 2016 and January 2017 (Graph 1), the number of incidents has fluctuated throughout the period. There has been a continuous decrease in the total number of incidents in the past three months; from 12 incidents in November 2016 to seven incidents in December 2016 and six incidents in January 2017.