Military Capabilities

ReCAAP reports uptick in Asian piracy cases as concerns emerge over Singapore Strait

16 January 2020

The Asian region saw a slight increase in piracy cases throughout 2019, but the number of incidences in the Singapore Strait increased significantly compared with 2018.

According to figures released by the intergovernmental body, Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP), there were 82 incidents across the region from January to December 2019.

This represents an increase of 8% compared with 2018. But despite the increase, the figure represents the second lowest since 2007, which is the year ReCAAP began recording the number of incidents.

There were improvements seen in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Philippines, all of which recorded decreases in the number of piracy related incidences compared with 2018.

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