ReCAAP ISC Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2019 Updates International Maritime Community on Current Situation in Asia and Africa


Former IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu delivered a keynote address at the
conference held in conjunction with the 2019 edition of the Singapore Maritime Week
and Sea Asia

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) today held its annual Piracy and Sea
Robbery Conference to an audience of international maritime stakeholders including
shipping and marine insurance companies, regulators and law enforcement agencies,
as well as the diplomatic community based in Singapore.

In his keynote address, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, former Secretary General of the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) reviewed the history of activities of IMO in
dealing with maritime security and anti-piracy actions covering the establishment of
ReCAAP, Somali Piracy, the Contact Group in conjunction with UN Security Council
decisions, Djibouti Code of Conduct, Best Management Practices, and discussed a
number of issues from his wide experience dealing with these matters as UN officer
working at IMO and in the wider context of Maritime Governance by UN and IMO.

The conference addressed topics that are currently high on the agenda of the
international maritime community including:

 Piracy and Sea Robbery Situation in Asia (ReCAAP ISC)
 Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Easter Sabah
(Philippine Coast Guard)
 Update on the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (INTERTANKO)
 Maritime Cybersecurity (BIMCO)
 Effects and Implications of Piracy (Panel discussion moderated by World
Maritime University)

“In 2018, there were 76 incidents of piracy and armed robbery reported in Asia. This
was a 25% decrease in the total number of incidents and a 31% decrease in actual
incidents compared to 2017. Nonetheless, it is important that we continue to reinforce
the ownership of the Coastal States in addressing maritime crime, the cooperation
between law enforcement agencies and the industry, and the timely reporting by ships,
all of which have led to the decrease of incidents in Asia. The topics and speakers ofthis year’s conference have been designed to reflect the vitality of that shared
responsibility,” remarked Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC.

“Over the past couple of years, piracy and terrorism in the Sulu and Celebes Seas has
been a point of concern for the shipping industry. The valuable counter-piracy lessons
learned here, and off Somalia, are worth exploring, and may well be applied in the
current piracy hotspot number one: The Gulf of Guinea. The annual ReCAAP ISC
conference will surely help us do just that,” said Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime
Security at BIMCO.

“The threat from piracy remains, in Asia and also in the Indian Ocean. The Indian
Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) continues to serve an important reference in ensuring
ships and seafarers are prepared for pirate attacks,” said Tim Wilkins, Environment
Director and Regional Manager, Asia-Pacific of INTERTANKO. “A serious threat
remains despite the reduction to the area’s geographic boundaries and so correct
reporting, vigilance and adherence to the 5th edition of the Best Management Practices
to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian
Ocean and Arabian Sea (BMP5) remains crucial. Shipowners must remain alert and
law enforcement agencies must continue to provide protection to shipping.”

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of RSIS, highlighted the
relevance of the conference, “This annual conference is an important knowledgesharing platform on risks and threats facing the international maritime community. We
discussed piracy and sea robbery as well as relevant emerging technologies, and
shared ideas on solving problems affecting ship owners and seafarers. The most
useful part of this exchange is on how to work together effectively.”


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