ReCAAP reports rise in sea robberies

ReCAAP ISC reports rise in sea robberies

Titus Zheng

Singapore anti-piracy watchdog ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) reported 10 incidents of robberies onboard ships in January 2015, a slight increase as compared with eight incidents in January 2014.

According to the report, two of the 10 incidents were classified as Category 1 (CAT 1) – very significant incidents, three were Category 2 (CAT 2) – moderately significant incidents, one was a Category 3 (CAT 3) – less significant incident, and four were petty theft or minimum significant incidents.

The two CAT 1 incidents involved chemical tankers carrying fuel and one of them was later apprehended by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). However, the second incident that involved the hijacking of tanker MT Rehobot is still missing to date.

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