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Piracy Increasing In Asian Waters.

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Piracy has dramatically increased in Asian waters , doubling in the first half of 2020 compared to 2019. A total of 51 attacks reported between January- July this year.

COVID19 being one of many big reasons for the increase in attacks. Most attacks occurred along The Singapore Strait after sunset. Furthermore bulk carriers were the main target. However mostly attacks ended in robberies instead of hijackings.

Executive Director Masafumi Kuroki stated that he is concerned about the drastically increase in piracy attacks.

The number of incidents of piracy in Asian water were at its lowest in 2018 , with only 78 attacks. In 2019 there were only 82 attacks.

The reason for attacks increasing is unknown however there could be many factors affecting it. Especially with covid-19 occurring in the world.

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