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Situation of Piracy and Sea Robbery in Asia for November 2020

Summary of Situation of Piracy and Sea Robbery in Asia in November 2020

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre today issued the November 2020 Report as well as an accompanying set of presentation slides on the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia

-In November 2020, 11 incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia

-No piracy incident was reporteWith these incidents, the total number of incidents from January to November 2020 was 95 incidents, which represents an increase of 36% compared to the same period of 2019 (70 incidents)

-ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the overall increase of incidents in Asia, particularly the continued occurrence of incidents (robberies and thefts) in the Singapore Strait

Six incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait in November 2020

-With these, a total of 34 incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait during January-November 2020 comprising 30 incidents occurred in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS), two incidents in the precautionary area, one incident in the westbound lane of the TSS and one incident just outside (south) of the TSS

-There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah, Malaysia in November 2020

-However, the abduction of crew for ransom remains a serious concern as demonstrated by the Warning issued on 2 July by the ReCAAP ISC on a planned abduction of crew by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), and a kidnap-for-ransom plan of ASG members thwarted by the Joint Task Force of Sulu on 3 November

The November 2020 Report and the presentation slides are both accessible on the ReCAAP ISC website.

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