Record year for Southeast Asian ship hijackings

This year looks like being a tragic record one for ship hijackings in Southeast Asia.

“High demand for illicit oil, together with a well-established black market, will continue to drive maritime attacks in Southeast Asia over the coming months, meaning small tanker owners face operational, financial and security threats,” warns maritime security provider PVI in a release today.

PVI said that, in the absence of a stronger law enforcement response, 2015 is set to see a record number of hijackings in the region.

On August 8, the Singapore-flagged Joaquim was the latest victim of small tanker hijackings, having 3,500 tonnes of marine fuel stolen in an incident near Malaysian waters.

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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