ReCAAP IDs fuel thieves

3 main gangs responsible.

ReCAAP identifies fuel-siphoning groups

Titus Zheng

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) assessed that there are at least three organised crime syndicates involved in fuel siphoning operation in Southeast Asia.

According to its special report, one of the three groups is “less violent” as compared to the other two crime groups. The former has bases of operation mainly in Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) region. However, the group is not very successful due to the frequent patrolling operations led by the littoral States and the ongoing joint coordinated patrols.

The second group is based in South China Sea and is equipped with relatively more “sea-worthy” vessels due to the sea condition there.

The third group is believed to have connections with Indochina and is active in that area, often deploying larger number of perpetrators and targeting larger tankers.

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