IMB team on visit to report on piracy
INTERNATIONAL marine experts are visiting Southeast Asia between March 1 and 10 on a fact-finding mission to prepare a report for an International Maritime Bureau meeting in May on piracy in the region.
Statistics show that 69 per cent of worldwide piracy attacks occurred in Southeast Asian waters in 1992.
Ships attacked in Southeast Asia in January alone included the Cosmic Leader, Arktis Star, Chennai Nirmai, World Phoenix, Rafio, Indira Gandhi, Southern King and Petrobulk Panther.
This month there was an attempted boarding of a Malaysian-registered container vessel, the Mulpha Kluang, while it was travelling between Manila and Hongkong, according to the regional anti-piracy centre in Kuala Lumpur.
The centre's regional manager Mazlan Abdul Samad said the international maritime experts would spend three or four days in Kuala Lumpur from March 1, meeting government officials and shipping industry representatives.
They would then spend a several days in Singapore before visiting Jakarta on the final leg of the talks, he said.