FEATURE: Tri-border maritime cooperation foundering

The tri-border area (TBA) between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia in the Sulu and Celebes seas has witnessed a spate of increasingly audacious hijackings since March 2016. By the end of June 2017, 23 actual or attempted incidents had occurred, with 59 crew members abducted. Of these mariners, 30 have since been released, nine rescued and two killed. As of this writing, 18 remain in captivity.

FEATURE: Piracy down, but hotspots remain

A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy.

FEATURE: Indonesia's maritime strategy: what's been achieved?

In 2016, the Indonesian government released a white paper outlining the parameters for a future "global maritime fulcrum" (GMF) strategy. The document reflects the significance of the littoral environment to the country's national psyche and is indicative of a seafaring tradition that goes back to the second century.

FEATURE: Piracy resurgent off Somalia?

Following more than four years with no reported piratical attacks off the  Somalian coast , the hijacking of the Comoros-registered, UAE-owned bunkering tanker Aris 13  on March 13, sent shock waves through the shipping community.

The 1,200-tonne ship, with a crew of eight Sri Lankans, was on passage from Djibouti to Mogadishu when it was seized as it approached the Socotra Gap, which lies between Socotra Island and Somalia. The hijacking was carried out by a group of about 30 armed pirates in at least two fast boats. The pirates are reportedly connected with the powerful Marten/Siwaaqroon sub-clan, and are led by Jacfar Saciid Cabdulaahi, reputedly a notorious pirate.

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