Military Capabilities

Piracy numbers in Asia fall to 12-year low; concerns over crew abductions remain

16 January 2019

Key Points

  • The maritime crime situation in Asia has improved significantly over 2018
  • However, mariners have been advised to maintain vigilance in the Sulu and Celebes seas, and off Eastern Sabah

The number of maritime piracy, and sea robbery incidences in Asia fell to a 12-year low in 2018, but risks over crew abductions for ransom in the Sulu and Celebes seas, and off Eastern Sabah in Malaysia remain.

The findings were released by an intergovernmental body known as the Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) at the 10th Nautical Forum, an annual dialogue with stakeholders from the maritime community in Singapore.

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