Why should seafarers be constantly put in harm’s way, from pirates, hostile officials in ports that nobody ought to visit, and now as collateral damage as the threat of war breaks out in the Middle East? The answer is, as it has always been, that they have no choice in these matters and have to go where their ship takes them, or lose their jobs.
Piracy is continuing to pose dangers to seafarers onboard ships in the Gulf of Guinea and the shipping industry is urging the authorities to take immediate action to stamp out the threat.
Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia have dropped to a 13-year low in the first quarter of this year, according to latest figures released by the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC).
Incidents of piracy and armed robbery in Asia have declined in 2018 over the previous year, marking the lowest number of incidents since 2007 based on records kept by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC).
More than a quarter of those seeking support from the Sailors’ Society’s Crisis Response Network (CRN) have been affected by piracy the charity revealed.
Piracy reporting centre ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre has warned that an imminent threat of abduction of crew from merchant ships remains in waters been the Southern Philippines and East Malaysia.
Fresh from a period of relative inactivity in the situation on abduction of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes seas and waters off eastern Sabah, the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and Philippine Coast Guard this week co-organised a meeting between government agencies and the shipping industry to enhance maritime safety and security in the area.
ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and World Maritime University (WMU) have signed signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in the shared interest in increasing the knowledge of the evolving situation of piracy and sea robbery in Asia.
The Singapore-based ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) held its Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2018 for the first time in Hong Kong, China, aimed at reaching out to the shipping community in China and beyond.