Highest number of Asian pirate attacks in many years

In the period from January to September, 129 ships reported attacks in Asia. This is the highest number since anti-piracy initiative Recaap was launched in 2006, and a new trend involves pirates targeting tanker vessels' oil cargoes.

Photo: Finn Frandsen

On the night of March 29th this year, Nordic Tankers' oil tanker Nordic Anne became part of a very unfortunate statistic. Around four in the morning two robbers boarded the ship, which was sailing in the Malacca Strait close to Indonesian island Pulau Karimun Besar. Armed with knives, the robbers attacked an engineer who received minor injuries before the captain was able to sound the alarm, and the robbers escaped with a few spare parts for the engine.

The robbery represents one of the 129 pirate attacks that occurred in the Southeast Asian waters during the first three quarters of the year - the highest number of cases ever reported to the regional cooperation to fight piracy and armed robberies against ships in Asia, Recaap, since the initiative was launched in 2006.

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