PIRACY: END OF YEAR REPORT FROM RECAAP
The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has issued its report for 2016. It shows a decrease of 58% in the number of incidents reported. The Straits of Malacca and Singapore area had the greatest reduction, from 104 cases in 2015 to 2 cases in 2016. The report came out just as news of an attempted boarding of a chemical tanker in the Singapore Strait. The master took evasive action, raised the alarm and shone a spotlight onto the small craft and the attempt at boarding was abandoned.