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Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah


Year: 2019
Language: english
Author: ReCAAP ISC
Genre: Technical book
Publisher: ReCAAP ISC
Edition: 1st ed.
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 52
Description: This guidance focuses on the incidents of abduction
of crew from ships for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes
Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah. It provides the
guidance and analysis based on the information
collected from past incidents in order to assist the
shipping industry and ships to enhance their situation
awareness and avoid such incidents. This guidance
complements the general guidance contained in
the “Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed
Robbery against Ships in Asia”
The Sulu-Celebes Seas region covers the tri-boundary
area of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is
strategically located and most international shipping
passes through its maritime sea lanes. In the Sibutu
passage alone, an average of 14,000 ships passes
yearly. Prior to 2016, there were kidnaps for ransom
on land in the region carried out by the Abu Sayyaf
Group (ASG), an Islamic extremist group based in
Southern Philippines. On 26 March 2016, the first
abduction of crew from ship was reported. It involved
the tug boat, Brahma 12 and 10 of the Indonesian
crew on board the boat were abducted. Since then,
a spate of abduction of crew incidents were reported
in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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