Indonesia reports rising cases of piracy

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pirates from asiaIndonesia has experienced a more than 50 per cent surge in pirate attacks to 48 attacks occurred in the first half of 2013. Of these, 43 involved pirates boarding vessels and assaulting the crew, the International Maritime Bureau announced.

Most incidents took place in the waters around the Riau province, particularly around the ports in Dumai and Belawan.

“Within Southeast Asia, most of the attacks occur on Indonesian anchorages [not when ships are sailing]” according to the bureau.

However, the piracy incidents in Indonesia are considered as less alarming compared to incidents in other regions because it usually does not involve the taking of hostages but mainly constitute low level thefts. In the first half of 2013, seven people were taken hostage in Indonesia. This figure is lower compared to Malaysia (16), Nigeria (15), Ivory Coast (31) and Somalia (20).

Total worldwide pirate attacks in Semester I-2013 fell to 138 cases (from 177).

Nonetheless, as about half of global piracy incidents take place in Indonesia and Somalia, it is important for Indonesian national police and the navy to improve law enforcement on Indonesian waters. Due to the large amount of Indonesian islands and coastal mangrove forests pirates have relatively good hiding places.

Pirates have favored Southeast Asian waters for centuries, picking off traders who sailed through the Straits of Malacca to and from India and China. Estimates suggest that around one-third of the world’s trade still moves through this waterway, so it is no surprise that piracy continues to thrive there.

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Indonesia has experienced a more than 50 per cent surge in pirate attacks to 48 attacks occurred in the first half of 2013. Of these, 43 involved pirates boarding vessels and assaulting the crew, the International Maritime Bureau announced.

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pirates from asiaIndonesia has experienced a more than 50 per cent surge in pirate attacks to 48 attacks occurred in the first half of 2013. Of these, 43 involved pirates boarding vessels and assaulting the crew, the International Maritime Bureau announced.

Most incidents took place in the waters around the Riau province, particularly around the ports in Dumai and Belawan.

“Within Southeast Asia, most of the attacks occur on Indonesian anchorages [not when ships are sailing]” according to the bureau.

However, the piracy incidents in Indonesia are considered as less alarming compared to incidents in other regions because it usually does not involve the taking of hostages but mainly constitute low level thefts. In the first half of 2013, seven people were taken hostage in Indonesia. This figure is lower compared to Malaysia (16), Nigeria (15), Ivory Coast (31) and Somalia (20).

Total worldwide pirate attacks in Semester I-2013 fell to 138 cases (from 177).

Nonetheless, as about half of global piracy incidents take place in Indonesia and Somalia, it is important for Indonesian national police and the navy to improve law enforcement on Indonesian waters. Due to the large amount of Indonesian islands and coastal mangrove forests pirates have relatively good hiding places.

Pirates have favored Southeast Asian waters for centuries, picking off traders who sailed through the Straits of Malacca to and from India and China. Estimates suggest that around one-third of the world’s trade still moves through this waterway, so it is no surprise that piracy continues to thrive there.

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