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Maritime piracy watchdog calls for continued vigilance as incidences rise for 2017

16 January 2018

Key Points

  • Maritime piracy cases across Asia have risen for 2017 compared with the previous year
  • Despite the increase, the number of incidences is still relatively low in comparison with other years within the decade

The Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) has reported a total of 101 armed robberies and piracy incidents in the region for 2017, an increase of 19% compared with the previous year.

Of these reported incidences, 89 were successful, while 12 were attempted attacks that were subsequently foiled or aborted, said the inter-governmental body in a briefing to the media on 16 January.

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