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Sunday, September 23, 2018


Although the 2001 International Maritime Bureau (IMB) figures on piracy incidents show some signs of improvement in Indonesia, Malacca Straits, Bangladesh and India, the underlying trend since IMB's reporting began in 1991 remains firmly upwards. Concern for this has been the main focus of several meetings held in the region, the most recent being that organised by the governments of the UK and the Philippines.

The first EU-ASEAN Experts' Meeting on Maritime Security was held in Manila on 25-26 February and was attended by 100 delegates from European and Asean countries. The main points and recommendations that were highlighted at this meeting were all long-standing items in INTERTANKO's agenda - which INTERTANKO has regularly underlined at various meetings with national authorities in the region.

One of the difficulties associated with the fight against piracy has been the lack of an overall regional strategy. For this reason the success of anti-piracy actions in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore has so far been limited. An INTERTANKO member suggested looking into the feasibility of approaching a neutral body, such as the U.N., in order to find a solution to this inherent problem.

A summary of recent anti-piracy developments in the region and a list of piracy prone areas and warnings can be found on INTERTANKO’s web site at:

The IMB now broadcasts its Piracy Situation Reports daily to all ships in world piracy hotspots including Asia, the coasts of Africa and South America through INMARSAT-C's safetyNET service. Masters receive up-to-date intelligence on pirate activity in these areas.

In view of the recent spate in hijackings, ship owners are advised to install a satellite tracking system on board. IMB recommends installation of Shiploc, which has proved to be invaluable in the location and recovery of hijacked vessels. Details can be found at

Ships are advised to maintain anti-piracy watches and report all pirate attacks and suspicious movements of craft to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel + 60 3 2031 0014
Fax + 60 3 2078 5769
Telex MA 31880 IMBPCI
24 Hours Anti Piracy HELPLINE Tel : + 60 3 2031 0014
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Contact: Minerva Alfonso,