The number of attacks on ships during the month of January 2018 has decreased with respect to the same period of the previous year and with respect to the previous month.
A TOTAL OF 7 PIRATE ATTACKS AND ARMED ROBBERIES AGAINST SHIPS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED IN ASIA DURING THE FIRST MONTH OF THIS YEAR.
In none of these attacks were the crews kidnapped. Of those 7, 5 were successful and the other two were not, and took place in the waters of the Celebes Sea and in waters near the province of Sabah, East Malaysia.
The Philippine Coast Guard and the Indian Guard recovered what they had stolen in two of the attacks perpetrated. The latter occurred in the Polar Ecuador vessels (43,628 gt container ship) and Ocean 1 (19,081 gt oil tanker).
Five accidents occurred while the ships were moored in Muara Berau (east of Kalimantan, Indonesia), Manila (Philippines), Cam Pha (Vietnam) and in the south of the China Sea. The remaining two occurred while sailing to Alang (Gujarat, India) and Pulau Karimun (Strait of Malacca and Singapore).
These incidents were small robberies without armed force and the crew was not injured (Category 4, up to 4 people without weapons). However, during 2017 there were 3 Category 4 attacks, 3 Category 3 attacks (assailants up to a total of 6 people with knives), one Category 2 attack (4 to 9 attackers with knives and guns) and another Category 1 attack (more than 9 attackers).
Source: Sector Maritimo