Singapore: Piracy around the Malacca Straits is very much back in the news, with the United Nations saying the region has now surpassed West and East Africa to become the global hotspot for piracy. In particular, small product tankers have been targeted by robbers in the past three months. In the final week of June alone there were five reported incidents.
Piracy in Southeast Asia is nothing new. What is new, however, is the jump in numbers and the very specific targeting of certain types of ships. SeaShip News has conducted a thorough investigation into both the threat that this regional problem gives to world shipping, as well as looking at solutions to the scourge. More than a dozen security experts provide their thoughts and opinions in this feature, which is available on this site’s In Focus section here. [08/07/14]