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Piracy in SouthEast Asia

The current situation - analysis 
July 7th 2014
The current situation - analysis
Recent media reports claim that piracy is again a major problem in Southeast Asia but a closer look at the situation suggests these reports are alarmist.

By Sam Bateman

CHANNEL NEWS ASIA recently carried a report that piracy in Southeast Asia had surged, particularly in ‘the maritime trading hub of the Malacca Straits’ with the number of attacks in the region topping 150 in 2013. Similar reports have suggested that Southeast Asia is now the worst region globally for piracy.

These reports quoting the absolute number of attacks are misleading. To obtain a true appreciation of the current situation with piracy and sea robbery, it is necessary to look more closely at individual attacks, at what types of ship are being attacked, and where they are when attacked. A basic source of distortion occurs because a very minor incident of petty theft from a ship at anchor counts as one attack equivalent to a major incident of ship hijacking. This significantly inflates the number of attacks.

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Source: eurasiareview.com