BSS-33 No armed robbery against ships in Bangladesh in Jan-May 2021

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No armed robbery against ships in Bangladesh in Jan-May 2021

DHAKA, June 20, 2021 (BSS) – In Bangladesh, no incident of armed robbery against ships was reported during the period from January to May 2021 though three such incidents took place during January-May 2020, according to a recent report of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).

The report says 28 incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia during January-May 2021 and of these incidents, 26
were actual incidents and two were attempted incidents.

The total number of incidents during January-May 2021 decreased by 45
percent compared to January-May 2020.

A total of 51 incidents (50 actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported during January-May 2020.

In India, two incidents were reported during January-May 2021 compared to seven incidents during January-May 2020 while five incidents were
reported during January-May 2021 compared to 15 incidents during January-May 2020 in Indonesia.

In the Philippines, three incidents were reported during January-May
2021 compared to five incidents during January-May 2020.

Talking to BSS, Chairman of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Rear Admiral Mohammad Shahjahan said after joining as chairman at the beginning of the year, he took necessary steps for keeping the port water area free from robbery.

“As part of the steps, I called coordination meetings for
strengthening the monitoring activities in the port water area. I also called a separate meeting with Coast Guard as they are the key responsible for monitoring activities,” he added.

The CPA chairman expressed his firm commitment to continue the achievement and said PCA has already strengthened the supervision
activities through Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System
(VTMIS).

The supervision activities have been extended up to Kutubdia waters under Cox’s Bazar district, he added

BSS/KUC/GA/1722 hrs