Indonesian owners urged to travel in convoy when transiting piracy prone areas

Indonesian owners urged to travel in convoy when transiting piracy prone areas

The Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) is telling its members to travel in convoy when transiting anywhere near Mindanao in the far south of neighbouring Philippines.

Speaking with Channel News Asia, Budhi Halim, secretary-general of INSA, suggested ships should avoid travelling alone in the region where piracy levels have shot up in recent weeks, with Philippine militant group Abu Sayyaf behind most of the attacks.

“They must move in a convoy, don’t travel alone. If they are two or three vessels, they can travel together,” Halim told the Singgaporean TV news channel.

Authorities from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are meeting in Jakarta today to discuss regional security, with joint patrols in the Sulu and Sulawesi Seas to be planned.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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