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Piracy turns Southeast Asia into New Somalia

KMOU Division of Global Maritime Studies, Maritime English


on 17 January 2018

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Transcript of Piracy turns Southeast Asia into New Somalia

Piracy turns Southeast Asia into

What is piracy?
 is an act of robbery or criminal
violence at sea.
Those who engage
in acts of piracy
are called 
The Current
Status of Piracy
Piracy in the
Southeast Asia
Table of contents
What is piracy?

The Current Status of Piracy
Piracy in the Southeast Asia
Solution to the Piracy Problem
There have been 124 armed robberies, hijackings and other attacks on ships by Southeast Asia sea criminals in 2015 through September 7.

Southeast Asian seas are home to key shipping routes. So there are raising concerns about increased danger for shippers.

Sea crimes in any of the “choke points”— places like the Horn of Africa and the Strait of Malacca can appeal to pirates because they are relatively narrow must-use routes for shippers—are serious threats to trade.
In Southeast Asia, pirates are increasingly hijacking ships to steal oil from slow-moving tankers. They capture tankers, sail them to a mother ship and siphon off the fuel, then release the boats with their equipment smashed.

The oil is sold on the black market. Pirates have stolen more than 16,000 metric tons of oil products.
In Malaysia, the Maritime Enforcement Agency is established. They are tasked with maintaining law and order and coordinating search and rescue operations in the Malaysian Maritime Zone and on the high seas.
A group called ReCaap, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in Asia, was created in 2004 to promote regional cooperation, share information and intelligence, and convene groups to discuss regional strategies and tactics.
Solution to the Piracy Problem
Ships transiting high-risk areas should be encouraged to carry private security or military personnel onboard or train and arm the crew. The weapons can be provided from the armory when there's an emergency.
Placing Defensive Personnel on Ships
Safeguarding a ship
Southeast Asia is becoming the sea piracy hot spot.

To solve this, governments need to work together on a system that will help with response, prosecution, and imprisonment of sea criminals in the region for conditions to improve.

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World Maritime News
, September 24, 2015
Britz, Paul-Christian, “South-East Asia – new center of world piracy”,
Deutsche Welle
, ARD, July 22, 2015.
“Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency”,
“Anti piracy Maritime security solution Jet Gun PSJ1008”, Tanktech.
Thank you!
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