Vietnam warns of pirate threat

Vietnam warns of increased piracy in South-east Asian waters

The Vietnam Maritime Administration (Vinamarine) has ordered port authorities across the country to warn ship owners and maritime transport companies of the increasing pirate attacks in Southeast Asian waters, particularly around East Sabah and the Southern Philippines.

According to Vinamarine, between November 2016 and February 2017, pirates raided two Vietnamese ships, seizing their crew members.

On February 19, Giang Hai cargo ship was attacked by pirates while operating off the Philippines, resulting in one crew member being shot dead and six others held hostage.

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