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ReCAAP sees continued reduction in Asian piracy, but concern remains over abduction risk

28 November 2017

Key Points

  • Piracy and armed robbery numbers in Asia have continued to drop in 2017
  • Significant concern remains, however, over increasing crew abductions in the Sulu/Celebes seas region in 2016–17

Piracy and armed robbery against ships at sea has continued to decline across Asia in the second half of 2017, but recent years have seen an increase in crew abductions, according to the Singapore-based ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre.

In 2017, 60 attacks took place between January and October, according to ReCAAP data. This number reflects a decline under way since 2015. ReCAAP noted that the total number of incidents across Asia dropped from 203 attacks in 2015 to 85 in 2016.

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