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.
Taiwan’s Wan Hai Lines will join the Thailand-Belawan Service (TBS) from 7 January 2017, a network to be jointly operated with Japan’s K Line.
Container carrier APL will expand its intra-Asia service network with the introduction of a new India East Coast (IEX) service from December.
Philippines-based leading niche ports player International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) is planning to strengthen its operations in Indonesia and Brunei as it continues to explore new opportunities in Southeast Asia, local reports said.
Swiber has clinched its first offshore engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) project in the Middle East, as well as two new contracts in Southeast Asia.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) says a crackdown on piracy in Southeast Asia is bearing fruit.
Dryad Maritime says piracy incidents in Southeast Asia were up 38% in the first nine months of the year with gangs operating with “apparent impunity”.
The most recent ReCAAP ISC half yearly report has revealed the scale of the sharp rise in fuel siphoning and hijacking incidents in the first half of the year and also revealed some patterns in the practice.