During 12-18 Nov 19, two attempted1 incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported to ReCAAP ISC by ReCAAP Focal Points. The incidents occurred in the Singapore Strait and at Alpha Anchorage, Batangas Bay, Philippines. The location of the incidents is shown in the map below; and detailed description is tabulated in attachment.
As the risk of the abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah is high, 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 the Philippines and ESSCOM of Malaysia (updated by ReCAAP ISC on 3 Jan 19) are as follows:
In the event that the ship master is not able to establish contact with the Operation Centres of the Philippines as listed in the ReCAAP ISC Advisory, he can contact the Philippine Coast Guard Command Centre at the following contact details:
Tel : +63-2-5273877 (direct)
+63-2-527-8481 to 89 (ext: 6136/37)
Email : email@example.com
The ReCAAP ISC advises the shipping industry and ships to enhance their situation awareness by referring to the Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah produced by ReCAAP ISC in July 2019. The Guidance is available at www.recaap.org.
The ReCAAP ISC urges ship master and crew to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships to the nearest coastal State and flag State, exercise vigilance and adopt relevant preventive measures taking reference from the “Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia”.