A total of 50 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 43 actual incidents and seven attempted incidents) were reported during January-September 2017 in Asia. Of the 50 incidents, seven were incidents of piracy and 43 were incidents of armed robbery against ships. The total number of incidents reported during January-September 2017 has decreased by 15% compared to the same period in 2016. A total of 59 incidents were reported during January-September 2016.
STATUS OF SHIPS
Of the 50 incidents reported during January-September 2017, 34 incidents (68%) occurred on board ships while at anchor/berth, and 16 incidents (32%) on board ships while underway
INCIDENTS ON BOARD SHIPS AT ANCHOR/BERTH
Of the 34 incidents that occurred on board ships at ports and anchorages, 14 incidents occurred in Indonesia (Dumai, off Pulau Bintan, Samarinda, Belawan, Cilacap, Taboneo and Tanjung Priok), 11 incidents occurred in Philippines (Batangas and Manila), five incidents in Bangladesh (Chittagong and off Kutubdia Island), and one incident each in China (Tangshan Jingtang), India (Mumbai), Malaysia (Sandakan) and Vietnam (Cam Pha). Chart 2 shows the location of the 34 incidents on board ships when at ports/anchorages.
INCIDENTS ON BOARD SHIPS WHILE UNDERWAY
Of the 16 incidents that occurred on board ships while underway, seven incidents (three actual and four attempted) involved the abduction of crew from ships in the Philippines, Sulu-Celebes Sea and Malaysia, four incidents in the SCS (off Johor Bahru, Kuala Dungun, Kuantan and Pulau Mangkai), three incidents (two actual and one attempted incident) in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore [SOMS] (off Helen Mar Reef, Nongsa Point and Pulau Kukup), and one incident each in Bangladesh (Cox’s Bazar) and Philippines (Sarangani Strait). Chart 3 shows the location of the 16 incidents on board ships while underway