Monday, September 19, 2016

"Southeast Asia now accounts for the majority of seafaring attacks globally, surpassing the Horn of Africa"

Alarmed by the spate of kidnappings for ransom, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines agreed in May to conduct coordinated naval security patrols in the Sulu Archipelago, and establish a hotline among themselves. In August, they agreed to allow “hot pursuits” of kidnappers and armed robbers by their maritime security forces into one another’s territory.

“The idea is for the closest patrol boat to take the necessary action,”


“Most of the criminal gangs that hijack fuel tankers are waiting for fuel prices to go up again, and then they will resume hijacking them,”