Troubled Asian waters

Hijackings continue to cause concern.

More hijackings in troubled Asian waters

Pirates have so far this year hijacked 13 vessels in Asian waters.

Compare this to last year, where there were only three reported cases, so this is a worrying trend, said Mr Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

A violent attack occurred in the South China Sea on Dec 7 when armed pirates boarded a Vietnamese-registered tanker, robbed its crew and killed a sailor.

“These hijacking incidents are not normal,” Mr Choong told The New Paper in a telephone interview.

“Asian pirates usually abort their attempts when the alarm is sounded by the crew. We hope this is not the beginning of a violent type of piracy.”

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Source: news.asiaone.com

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