Singapore Navy warns of increased piracy threat

Singapore Navy warns of increased piracy threat

The Singapore Navy is warning shipowners in the region need to be super aware of a greater piracy threat in the upcoming few days.

The navy’s maritime security information sharing division, the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) has just issued an update which reads as follows: “As the conditions are favourable, IFC assess that the risks of attacks in South China Sea and Singapore Strait from 25 Sep to 05 Oct 16 are high. All ships are reminded to be vigilant and to conduct anti-piracy measures.”

Southeast Asia has become a hotbed of piracy again this year, but mainly to the north in the Celebes and Sulu seas to the south of the Philippines, where Islamic seperatists Abu Sayyaff have been taking seafarers hostage for ransom. Piracy in the area specified by the IFC tends to target small product carriers for fuel theft.

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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