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Maritime incidents In The Singapore Strait (Eastbound)

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From 2019 to 2020, the number of piracy attacks against vessels in the Singapore Strait increased sharply. The ReCAAP ISC concerns with the continued occurrence of attacks in the eastbound lane and continued attempts by pirates to board ships. A total of 46 piracy attacks have occurred in the eastbound lane of the TSS in 2019 and 2020. According to the ReCAAP:

Number Of Pirates
43% of attacks involved 4-6 men, 41% involved 1-3 men, 7% involved 7-9 men. However, in 2020 it is 20 of 33 attacks involved 1-3 men. It is 61%.

Pirates Weapons
61% of attacks had no information, 28% had knives, machetes and others, 9% no weapon and 2% reported guns and knives. Nonetheless, in 2020, 26 incidents (79%) had no information, five incidents (15%) reported knives and machetes and two incidents (6%) reported no weapon. 

Crew Treatment
84% of incidents reported no injury to crew members, and 4% reported crew attacks and 12% threatened or temporarily taken hostage. Moreover, in 2020, 32 incidents (97%) reported no crew injury, and one attack 3%. 

Stolen Items
54% reported that nothing stolen, 24% reported loss of ship’s supplies, 17% reported loss of engine parts and 4% reported loss of money and property. Though in 2020, 16 incidents (48%) reported that nothing stolen, while six incidents reported the loss of engine spare parts, five incidents reported the loss of goods, four incidents reported the loss of unprotected items and one incident reported the loss. cash / property. 

Victim Vessels
13% attacks on tug boat towing barge, 59% on bulk carriers, 26% on tankers, 2% on reefer vessel. However, in 2020, 20 attacks (61%) occurred on board bulk carriers, six on tug boats and supply vessels and six incidents on tankers. 

Conclusion

ReCAAP ISC affirms the importance of collective responsibility of all parties especially shipping and law enforcement. Report all attacks or attempt attacks. Maintain contact among coastal states. A quick response to growing numbers is required to arrest all sea pirates in the Singapore Strait.

All Image Credits – The EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia

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