ReCAAP calls for more patrols

Piracy incidents prompts call for greater vigilance. 

ReCAAP calls for more anti-piracy naval patrols

Titus Zheng

Anti-piracy Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has proposed for an extension of naval and coast guard patrols in response to the sharp rise of piracy and sea robbery incidents.

Singapore-headquartered ReCAAP was referring to the patrol routes from the Malacca Strait into the South China Sea.

In 2014, a total of 183 incidents were reported, a 22% increase from the 150 incidents reported in 2013. Out of these incidents, 168 cases were classified as actual incidents, while 15 were attempted incidents.

Lee reiterated the needs for sustained co-ordinated efforts by the littoral states in South China Sea, Strait of Malacca and Singapore to commit naval assets for patrols to deter piracy and sea robbery incidents.

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