Safety4Sea Reports There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah, Malaysia in August 2020. However, the abduction of crew for ransom remains a serious concern as demonstrated by the Warning issued by the ReCAAP ISC on 2 July 20 that five Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were planning to conduct abduction of crew from ships passing by the TawiTawi and Sabah waters.
The situation in the Singapore Strait continues to be a concern with the occurrence of 21 incidents during January-August 2020. With these, a total of 21 incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait during January-August 2020 comprising 17 incidents occurred in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS), two incidents in the precautionary area, one incident in the westbound lane of the TSS and one incident just outside (south) of the TSS.
Key points – August 2020
Key points – January-August 2020
Of most concern is the increase of incidents in the Singapore Strait during January-August 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. A total of 21 incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait during January-August 2020 compared to 14 incidents during January-August 2019.
The ReCAAP ISC is also concerned about the occurrence of two incidents involving perpetrators who were armed and violent towards the crew at Batangas, Philippines. An Incident Alert was issued on 25 Aug on these two incidents.
Due to the continued occurrence of incidents in the Singapore Strait, the ReCAAP ISC strongly urges the littoral States to increase patrols and enforcement in their respective waters, strengthen coordination among them and promote information sharing on incidents and criminal groups involved in order to make more arrests.
While transiting the Singapore Strait, ship master and crew are strongly advised to proactively adopt the following measures: