Slow moving ships with low freeboard urged to reroute away from southern Philippines

The Kuala Lumpur-based Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) is warning shipowners to be very careful when transiting in between Sabah and the southern Philippines.

With eight cases of piracy reported this year, including most recently one on a Korean heavylift ship, ReCAAP ISC said in a report out today it is concerned about the situation in the region and it has advised slow moving ships with low freeboard to reroute away from the area, if possible.

Otherwise, ship masters and crew are strongly urged by ReCAAP ISC to exercise extra vigilance while transiting the area.



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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