Maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships have dipped to the lowest number in five years, according to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report, though the decline has been marred by the more serious incidents of vessel hijacking.

The hijack-and-siphon trick seems to be making a resurgence in Southeast Asian waters with reports of a group of armed pirates attacking a Thai product tanker and making off with 1.5m litres of diesel last Friday.

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have finally launched joint sea patrols in the troubled Sulu Sea region as part of efforts to enhance regional security amid increasing threats of terrorism and transnational crime, local media reported.

A rising incidence of maritime crime with 48 criminal incidents reported in just the first quarter “poses real danger to the maritime industry,” warns UK-based maritime security security specialist MAST (Maritime Asset Security & Training).

Piracy attacks reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) increased in the first quarter of 2017 as Somali hijackings made an unwelcome return after a five-year absence.

Somali pirates have hijacked an Indian-registered cargoship Al Kausar off the coast of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. 

Somali Pirates have released the hijacked bunker tanker Aris 13 four days after the ship was taken.

The tanker Aris 13 hijacked in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia was an “easy target for pirates” according to Oceans Beyond Piracy.

IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim has urged the shipping industry to be vigilant against piracy following the hijacking of a bunker tanker in the Gulf of Aden.

Somali pirates that hijacked the bunker tanker Aris 13 in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday have demand a ransom according to EU Naval Force (EU Navfor).

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