THERE was a total of eight reported incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia, two of which were attempted incidents in May, similar to the number of incidents reported the month before, according to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAPP).
Of the eight incidents reported in May, two incidents occurred on board ships while underway at sea and six incidents on board ships at anchor.
Of the six actual incidents, one was a CAT 2 incident, one was a CAT 3 incident and four were CAT 4 incidents. There was no CAT 1 incident and the majority of incidents were CAT 4, or petty theft cases, reported ReCAPP.
No piracy incident was reported, and no reports were received of crew being abducted in the Sulu-Celebes Seas. Also, no ship was hijacked for the theft of oil cargo.