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Strait of Singapore sees significant increase in robberies

The number of vessels that fall victim to attacks and robberies in the Strait of Singapore has significantly increased in the first nine months of the year, reveal new numbers. Ships are encouraged to be on guard.

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The Gulf of Guinea is not the only place that merchant vessels have reason to worry about an increasing number of attacks and robberies. New figures now indicate that such illegal and unpleasant activities are also on the rise in the Strait of Singapore.

Since the beginning of the year, 33 incidents have been reported in the Strait of Singapore, equivalent to a 43 percent increase from the total figure of 23 incidents in the same period last year. Looking at 2019 as a whole, 31 incidents were reported in the area, reveal the numbers from organization Recaap ICS.

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