A total of four incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in August 2017. Of these, three were actual incidents and one was an attempted incident. No piracy incident was reported. There was also no report of actual or attempted incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah in August 2017. The ReCAAP ISC continues to reiterate the need for collective efforts and shared responsibility among ReCAAP Focal Points, regional authorities and the shipping industry in addressing the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
Of the three actual incidents reported in August 2017, one was a CAT 3 incident occurred on board a ship while underway, and the other two were CAT 4 incidents occurred on board ships while at anchor.
Of the 36 actual incidents reported during January-August 2017, four were CAT 1 incidents, three were CAT 2 incidents, 12 were CAT 3 incidents and 17 were CAT 4 incidents. Majority of the incidents reported during January-August 2017 were CAT 3 and CAT 4 incidents, which conforms to the trend observed for the same period in the past 10 years (January-August of 2008-2017).