INCIDENTS OF PIRACY AND ARMED ROBBERY AGAINST SHIPS IN ASIA IN JANUARY 2018
A total of seven incidents of piracy¹ and armed robbery against ships² were reported in Asia (comprising five actual incidents³ and two attempted incidents⁴) in January 2018. Of the seven incidents, one was a piracy incident and six were armed robberies against ships. There was no actual or attempted incident involving the abduction of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah; and no incident involving the hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo in January 2018. In January 2018, there were two reports of arrest of perpetrators and recovery of stolen items by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
NUMBER OF INCIDENTS JANUARY 2018
In January 2018, a total of seven incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising five actual incidents and two attempted incidents) were reported. The location of the incidents is shown in Map 1. All incidents have been verified⁵ and reported to the ReCAAP ISC by ReCAAP Focal Points and regional authorities. Compared to December 2017, the situation in January 2018 has improved. A total of 16 incidents were reported in December 2017. Graph 1 shows the number of incidents reported each month from January 2017 to January 2018.