Philippines gunmen attacked a Vietnamese cargo vessel in the south of the country killed one crew member and kidnapping seven on Sunday evening.

Kidnappings at sea hit a 10-year high in 2016 despite piracy attacks as whole falling to their lowest level since 1998, according watchdog the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Indonesian authorities have nabbed six suspected pirates in the waters off Batam Island. Local media reported that the alleged pirates operating in the Malacca Straits were caught by Western Fleet Quick Response Team from the Indonesian Navy’s Tanjung Pinang base earlier this week.

A Maersk Line container vessel came under attack from Nigerian pirates on Saturday according to a report by a security broker.

The Indonesian navy is currently drafting routes for joint patrols and plans to start implementing coordinated patrols with the Philippines and Malaysia this year as part of efforts to step up maritime defence in regional waters amid the risks of piracy and hostage-taking, local reports said.

The piracy-prone Gulf of Aden at the Horn of Africa has seen attacks decrease sharply over the last five years, but the positive development has come at a massive cost, according to data cited by Intertanko.

The number of piracy attacks dropped to a 21-year low in the first half of 2016 according to watchdog the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Troubles in the Southern Philippines continue with Indonesia vowing to extend a moratorium on coal exports to the Philippines until Manila can guarantee security in its waters, Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi was quoted as saying in local media.

Maritime piracy and security are not as hot a topic as they were a few years ago, but anyone in the industry who thinks these problems have been solved are deluding themselves.

The number of pirate attacks worldwide continued to fall in the first quarter of 2016 but the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) warns of increasing violence in West African incidents.

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