With an increase in the number of cargo thefts involving tankers in Asia since 2011, particularly incidents involving vessels of less than 3,000 GT, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP), The Republic of Singapore Navy’s Information Fusion Centre (IFC) and the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) have published a Guide for Tankers Operating in Asia against Piracy and Armed Robbery involving Oil Cargo Theft.
The introduction states that: “The aim of this guide is to illustrate the threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, particularly incidents involving oil cargo theft; and to assist ships to avoid, deter or delay such incidents; as well as post-incident management.”
The document is a prelude to a regional guide on piracy and armed robbery against ships which reportedly will be published in due course.
Although this new publication is aimed at tankers, it should be noted that much of the advice it contains may be applied to other vessel types.
Members requiring further guidance should contact the Loss Prevention department.