Drop in robberies

The number of piracy and armed robbery incidents in Asia from January to September 2016 decreased by 65 per cent compared with the same period in 2015, according to The Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).

A total of 59 incidents were reported during the period, including three piracy and 56 armed robbery incidents, ReCAAP said.

The situation improved in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore contributing to the decrease in overall number. In these regions, there were only two incidents from January to September 2016 compared with 96 incidents in the same period last year.

According to ReCAAP, there was a decrease in hijacking of ships for oil cargo theft during the nine-month period as only two such incidents occurred compared with 12 in 2015.

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