Seatrade Maritime is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Imminent threat of seafarer kidnap for ransom remains off Southern Philippines, warns ReCAAP

c5dffd28ef36656c6281c9335da4fe11
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.

In its report for the first nine months 2018 ReCAAP said there had been two incidents of kidnap for ransom Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah, comprising one actual incident, and one attempted kidnapping.

“Although the number of incidents has decreased, there remains imminent threat of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah, as demonstrated by the latest incident of abduction of two fishermen from a fishing boat (Sri Dewi 1) on 11 September 2018 in waters off Eastern Sabah,” the centre said.

ReCAAP strongly advised vessels transiting the region to maintain enhanced vigilence for the presence of suspicious small craft and maintains its advise issued in November 2016 advising ships to re-route if possible.

ReCAAP issued a specific warning over possible kidnappings from merchant vessels in the region on 1 May this year.

ReCAAP in specific warning of Abu Sayaaf plans to kidnap seafarers off East Malaysia

Between March 2016 and April 2017 attacks on merchant ships to abduct crew for ransom in the southern Philippines, claimed largely by Abu Sayaaf, saw 59 seafarers abducted from 13 vessels in the region.

Hide comments
account-default-image

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish