The following narrative accompanies Dryad’s maritime crime figures for Quarter 2 (April to June) of 2015, assessing the situation across our main areas of maritime interest. The report is not limited to traditional piracy and maritime crime, but includes commentary on other threats and issues; from civil war and terrorism in Yemen and Libya to criminal gang enabled mass migration – areas and issues upon which we report regularly to our clients. The narrative, compiled by Dryad’s regional analysts, is set against a highly visible, complex and dynamic international backdrop.
There has been an increase of 22% in reported incidents across Southeast Asia in comparison with the first six months of 2014; 120 instances of piracy and maritime crime have been reported to Dryad. There have been 12 vessels hijacked during the first half of the year; an increase of three on the same period last year. Ten of these hijacks have been for the purpose of cargo theft with eight of these being successful; MT Sun Birdie andMT Orkim Harmony were both recovered with their cargo intact. The boarding and subsequent robbery from vessels transiting the Singapore Strait has continued apace with 48 vessels reporting incidents in the first six months of the year, a 118% increase on 2014 figures. The most significant drop in incidents has been in the anchorages to the east of the Singapore Strait. In the first six months of 2014, there were 18 vessels boarded in the area and for the same period this year there have been only five. The robbery from vessels at anchor around Southeast Asia continues, with Bangladesh and Vietnam seeing the most cases.
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