SE Asia’s robbery problem

Not a surprise for industry watchers.

SE Asian Ports Lead the World for Armed Robbery

The anchorages at Chittagong, Manila and Pulau Bintan led the world last year for armed robberies, according to the ICC IMB’s 2017 annual piracy report. Each of these port regions reported nine incidents last year, much more than other hot spots on the list like Lagos and Cartagena.

Mariners near Chittagong and nearby Kutubdia Island reported nine attacks last year, less than in years past thanks to efforts by Bangladeshi authorities, but still a category-leading number. IMB reported that robbers near Chittagong usually target ships as they are preparing to anchor, and most attacks are reported at anchorages and on approaches. In general, these robbers were armed and were attempting to make off with ship’s stores.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

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