Piracy incidents fall to four-year low

Titus Zheng

Serious incidents of piracy and sea robbery fell to a four-year low in 2013, the annual ReCAAP ISC Piracy & Sea Robbery conference in Singapore heard yesterday.

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combat Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) is the first regional government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance co-operation via information sharing, capacity building and co-operative arrangements in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships. The organisation advocates information sharing to prevent occurrence of incidents and improves capabilities of the 19 ReCAAP Contracting Parties in combating piracy and armed robbery. ReCAAP assistant director Lee Yin Mui said: “Although the severity of incidents has reduced in the Southeast Asia region, there is no room for complacency.” Lee stated that 2013 has the lowest reported CAT 1 or very significant incidents, and CAT 2 or moderately significant incidents, over the past four years.

Source: http://www.ihsmaritime360.com

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