A total of 76 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 62 actual incidents and 14 attempted incidents) were reported in Asia in 2018 compared to 102 incidents (comprising 90 actual incidents and 12 attempted incidents) in 2017. This accounts for a 25% decrease in the total number of incidents reported in 2018 compared to 2017.
The number of actual incidents decreased by 31% in 2018 compared to those in 2017. Both the total number of incidents and number of actual incidents in 2018 are the lowest among the 10-year period of 2009-2018. Of the 76 incidents, four were incidents of piracy (5%) and 72 were incidents of armed robbery against ships (95%). All four piracy incidents occurred in the South China Sea.
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