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Jakarta Post

Indonesia-Singapore cooperation essential in fight against piracy

  • Curie Maharani and Arie Afriansyah

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 9 2018   /  03:32 am

The recent abduction of three Indonesian crew members on the high seas off Congo is an example of the troubling rise in piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea this year. The International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre recorded that the area has accounted for 57 of the 156 reported incidents so far in 2018. What do we know of the incident, whose jurisdiction applies and what are states’ obligations as stipulated by international law? The condition of the kidnapped Indonesian crew members remains unclear, as are the perpetrators’ identities and
purpose. The kidnappings occurred in two separate incidents that intersected. The first incident was the attack on the Singapore-flagged ARK TZE offshore supply vessel, 68 nautical miles off west Pointe-Noire, Congo, on Oct. 29. Of 15 crew members, 12 were Indonesian citizens. Nine Indonesian crewmen have been released, but...