Armed Robbery Incident at Kakinada Anchorage in India: Increase in Reported Incidents in Asia

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Between September 26th and October 2nd, an armed robbery against a petroleum/chemical tanker occurred at Kakinada Anchorage in India. This incident was reported to the ReCAAP ISC, bringing the total number of reported armed robbery incidents in Asia to 81 since January 2023. The ReCAAP ISC advises ships to remain vigilant while underway or at anchor/berthed at ports, and for law enforcement agencies to increase surveillance and respond promptly to reported incidents.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has recommended downgrading the threat level of ‘Abduction of Crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas’ from ‘POTENTIALLY HIGH’ to ‘MODERATE’. This change reflects the decreased threat due to successful military operations and law enforcement initiatives in the area. However, the ReCAAP ISC still advises ships to consider re-routing from the area as an option and urges ship masters and crew to exercise extra vigilance and report all incidents immediately.

In order to combat piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, ship masters and crew are encouraged to report all incidents to the nearest coastal State RCC and flag State. They should also exercise vigilance and adopt appropriate preventive measures, referring to the Regional Guide 2 to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia.

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