Tuesday, August 5, 2014

05/08/2014: Piracy resurgent in SE Asian waters

There are likely to be a number of factors behind the resurgence of Southeast Asian piracy.

Importantly, the focus of many of the region’s navies nowadays is on offshore international anti-piracy operations aimed at securing the sea lines of communication that service their countries, rather than on regionally-based deterrence and response.
Also, regional anti-piracy activity tends to be coordinated, rather than joint. It is significant that neither Indonesia nor Malaysia is contracted to the Singapore-based Regional Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP).
Furthermore, regional sensitivities have so far precluded the type of operations by multi-national anti-piracy forces that have been successful elsewhere.
Regional response to the deteriorating piracy situation is awaited. 

Unsurprisingly, some ship owners are pushing for armed protection teams to be carried on board merchant vessels operating in Southeast Asian waters. The extensive deployment of such teams is widely acknowledged as being one of the reasons for the dramatic decline in piracy off Somalia.

Read more HERE.

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