Pirate activity in Singapore strait raises concern
According to the monthly report ReCAAP ISC, this month of 2021, the region has recorded four attacks on ships - three actual and an attempt. It is noted that in the six months from January 2021, the number of incidents decreased by 45% compared to the same period last year, that is, from 51 to 28 attacks.
Despite the improvement in the situation, piracy activity in the Singapore Strait and the continued threat of kidnapping of crew members in the Sulu and Sulawesi Seas and in the waters of eastern Sabah are of serious concern. It was here, eastbound, under the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait that three actual robberies of merchant ships took place.
In general, little is known about the incidents. Two occurred while the ships were off Tanjung Pergam (Indonesia). The criminals were spotted in the engine room. It is also noteworthy that of the three actual incidents recorded in June 2021, two were recorded with an interval of 2.5 hours. As for the attempted attack, it happened near the island of Pulau-Nongsa (Indonesia).
Other data indicate that the Philippines has reported three incidents since January, up from five in the same period in 2020. In the South China Sea during the specified time - not a single attack, although a year earlier there were two.
Reporting any suspicious incidents or attempted attacks on a ship is essential to assess the risks involved. This way, the crews will gain a clear understanding of the dangers that lie ahead and will be able to make timely decisions to protect themselves, the vessel and the cargo.