During 25 Jun -1 Jul 19, one Category 21 incident and one attempted incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported to ReCAAP ISC. The Category 2 incident occurred at Taboneo Anchorage, Kalimantan, Indonesia on 23 May 19 when perpetrators armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier, confronted the crew, stole ship stores and escaped. The attempted incident occurred off Pulau Doom, Sorong, Indonesia on 22 May 19 whereby a perpetrator tried to steal the dinghy of a sailing boat.
The locations of the incidents are shown below, and description tabulated in the attachment.
As the risk of the abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah is high as demonstrated by the abduction of 10 crew on 18 Jun 19, the ReCAAP ISC reiterates its advisory issued via the ReCAAP ISC Incident Alert dated 21 Nov 16 to all ships to reroute from the area, where possible. Otherwise, ship masters and crew are strongly urged to exercise extra vigilance while transiting the area, and report immediately to the Operation Centres of Philippines and Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) of Malaysia. The contact details of the Operation Centres of Philippines and ESSCOM of Malaysia (updated by ReCAAP ISC on 3 Jan 19) are as follows: