Asia Suffers Four Incidents of Piracy in a Week

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has reported four incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia from in one week, from the 14th through to the 20th April 2020.

Of the four incidents, one was a CAT 4 piracy incident that occurred onboard a VLCC while underway in the South China Sea.
The other three incidents were of armed robbery against ships;
One of which was a CAT 3 incident that occurred onboard a container ship while anchored at Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) Breakwater, Philippines.
One was a CAT 4 incident that occurred onboard a bulk carrier while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.
One was a CAT 4 incident aboard an oil tanker while anchored off Alang Anchorage, India.

CAT (Category) 4 incident is classified as “least significant” in nature. Under this category, the perpetrators were not armed, and the crew not harmed.
CAT (Category) 3 incident is ‘less significant’ in nature. Under this category, the perpetrators could be armed with knives/machetes or other items such as sticks or rods. The crew was not harmed although there remains a small possibility that the crew could be subjected to duress or threat during the incident but not harmed physically. In most CAT 3 cases, the perpetrators were unable to steal anything from the vessel, but in cases where losses were reported, stores and engine spares were commonly targeted items.

Full report; here