Malacca Strait Becoming A Stronghold Of Pirates, Indian Navy Gave This Advice To Cargo Ships ANN

Indian Navy: The strategic Malacca Strait connecting the Indian Ocean...

Indian Navy: The strategic Malacca Strait connecting the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean is becoming a ‘piracy-hub’ ie a stronghold for pirates. This has been revealed by the monthly report of the Indian Navy itself. According to the Information-Fusion Center-IOR of the Indian Navy, a total of 20 piracy incidents have been reported in the last month i.e. April. The Strait of Malacca is an important trade sea-route connecting India and Southeast Asian countries.

According to the report of the Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Center-Indian Ocean Region ie IFC-IOR, Gurugram, in the month of April, the total number of piracy, armed robbery, smuggling, illegal phishing, human trafficking etc. 313 incidents have come to the fore. The most shocking thing is that while the incidents of piracy are decreasing continuously in the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Strait of Hormuz and Arabian Sea, the incidents of piracy and theft are increasing continuously in the Strait of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). .

In view of these piracy incidents in the SOM area, the Indian Navy has advised all cargo, cargo ships and tankers passing through it to avoid any kind of confrontation and skirmish with pirates as pirates are armed with weapons. are equipped.

The strait is much smaller and less deep

On becoming piracy hubs of Malacca and Singapore Strait, Captain DK Sharma, former spokesperson of the Indian Navy, believes that this strait is very small and less deep. Due to this, the sea-ship passing through here has to reduce its speed very much and pirates try to take advantage of it. The IFC-IOR report also states that incidents of theft have also been reported from ships anchored on some islands near the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. Apart from this, incidents of theft have also been reported at Chittagong Port of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal.

Somalia, Yemen and Gulf of Aden were also considered vulnerable areas.

Talking about the IFC-IOR’s annual report i.e. 2021 last year, a total of 168 incidents of piracy, looting, hijacking and kidnapping were reported in the Indian Ocean and surrounding areas. Although there was a decline of 37 percent in these incidents compared to the year 2020, but even during that time the Gulf of Guyana had emerged as a global hot-spot for piracy. At the same time, incidents of looting on the basis of weapons were also reported in Malacca and Singapore Straits. Somalia, Yemen and the Gulf of Aden were also considered vulnerable areas.

Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Center in Gurugram

In fact, the entire Indian Ocean region is monitored through satellites and radars at the Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Center in Gurugram, near the capital Delhi. Apart from this, all cargo and cargo ships are also monitored through MSIS i.e. Merchant Ship Information System. Large countries like America, France, Japan, England and Australia Liaison-Officers (Liaison Officers) are stationed in this Fusion Center of the Indian Navy. Very soon liaison officers of many countries of South Asia can also be posted here.

India is a net-security provider of the Indian Ocean region

Let us tell you that India is the net-security provider of the Indian Ocean region. In such a situation, the Indian Navy deploys its warships in the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Malacca Strait near Andaman and Nicobar to prevent incidents of piracy and piracy. Apart from this, warships of big countries like America and China also monitor these sensitive areas.

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