Tackling piracy in Singapore Strait not all smooth sailing

A surge in piracy incidents in this waterway highlights the need for more action. But, given the extra-territorial nature of piracy, a regional approach is needed.

Two ships passing through the Singapore Strait in the wee hours last month were attacked by pirates twice within the span of an hour.

The attacks in the waterway south of Singapore were two of the six incidents that have happened there so far this year. This is a worrying trend, with a surge in cases towards the end of last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2020, with the headline 'Tackling piracy in Singapore Strait not all smooth sailing'. Print Edition | Subscribe