Maritime security hubs need to step up cooperation

Pandemic-induced disruptions provide incentives for crime, as seen in the uptick in attempts at sea robberies in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait

Ships moored in the waters of the Singapore Strait.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

John Bradford and Jane Chan, for The Straits Times

Piracy and armed robbery at sea are perennial threats to the safety and security of South-east Asia's sea lanes. In the best of times, booming economies and strong maritime governance can keep the rate of attacks at a minimum, but these are not the best of times.

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