Maritime Security
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Sulu Sea -Philippines
Celebes Sea - Malaysia

Sulu Sea/ Celebes Sea/ Makassar/ Malacca Straits/ Armed Guards

The main area of heightened Piracy/ Terrorist/ Armed Robbery activity in Southeast Asia is within the area of the PhilippinesMalaysia and Indonesia, the Sulu SeaCelebes Sea and Makassar/ Malacca/ Singapore Straits. The Politically charged piracy/ Armed Robbery in the Eastern Region around the Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea and Makassar/ Malacca/ Singapore Straits, from groups such as Abu Sayyaf will almost certainly continue for years to come. This area is extremely hard to police as the many thousands of islands in the region offer effective hiding places for the criminals and terrorists operating in the Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea and Makassar/ Malacca/ Singapore Straits.

Until now the only alternatives for shipowners, Yacht and Superyacht owners has been to either accept the extremely high risk of sailing unprotected through the areas such as the Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea and face a potentially high ransom payment and massive negative PR impact or to deviate well to the East or West of the Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea and incur additional fuel costs. Now, however, Associated Risks are able to provide a secure and cost-effective alternative to the provision of privately contracted Armed Guards utilizing Government approved and legally licensed Armed Guards from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to protect ships/ Tugs/ Barges/ Yachts/ Superyachts from acts of Piracy/ Armed Robbery and terrorism when transiting the Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea and Makassar/ Malacca/ Singapore Straits between Bongao, Tawi Tawi, Mindoro, Manila, General Santos, Surigao City, Balabac and Sibutu Passage in the Philippines, between Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Sandakan and Kudat in Sabah, Malaysia and between Banda Ache, Batam, Jakarta, Balikpapan, Mataram, Jayapura, Karakelong and Sebatik in Indonesia.

The Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea and Makassar/ Malacca/ Singapore Straits region covers the tri-border area of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. It is strategically located and most international shipping passes through its maritime sea lanes. In the Sibutu passage alone, an average of 14,000 ships passes yearly. Prior to 2016, there were kidnaps for ransom on land in the region carried out by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), an Islamic extremist group based in Southern Philippines. On 26 March 2016, the first abduction of crew from ship was reported. It involved the tug boat, Brahma 12 and 10 of the Indonesian crew on board the boat were abducted. Since then, a spate of abduction of crew incidents were reported in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Armed Guard Routes/ Sulu Sea/ Celebes Sea/ Makassar Straits

Maritime Security Services, Security Escort Vessel Services and Embarked Armed Guard Services Routes in Malacca Straits Malaysia, Batam Indonesia, Sulu Sea Philippines and Singapore.
Maritime Security in Southeast Asia, Malayisa, Indonesia and the Philippines, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Makassar, Malacca, Singapore Straits, Armed Guards, Piracy

Malaysia/ Maritime Security Services/ Armed Guards/ Celebes Sea

Associated Risks offers specialized armed guard maritime security services tailored to safeguard vessels traversing the Celebes Sea and Sulu Sea en route to Malaysian ports in Sabah, including Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Sandakan, Kudat, and Kota Kinabalu. These services leverage embarked host nation security forces, ensuring a formidable defense against the prevalent threats of piracy, armed robbery, and maritime terrorism in these waters. Collaborating closely with local authorities and security agencies, our armed guard teams provide a robust security presence aboard client vessels, complemented by the expertise and capabilities of the host nation security forces.

Our armed guard maritime security services in the Celebes Sea and Sulu Sea encompass a comprehensive range of protective measures, including armed patrols, intelligence gathering, and rapid response capabilities. By integrating with host nation security forces, we enhance the effectiveness and legitimacy of security operations, thereby deterring potential threats and safeguarding the uninterrupted flow of maritime commerce to Malaysian ports in Sabah. Through proactive risk mitigation strategies and a commitment to excellence in maritime security, Associated Risks ensures the safe and secure transit of vessels, fostering confidence among shipowners, operators, and the broader maritime community operating in these strategically vital waters.

Philippines/ Maritime Security Services/ Armed Guards/ Sulu Sea

Associated Risks offers specialized armed guard maritime security services tailored to safeguard vessels traversing the sea route from Tawi-Tawi to Mindoro in the Philippines, as well as vessels heading to various ports across the Philippine archipelago. Our services extend to protecting vessels en route to Philippine ports such as Manila, Cebu, Davao, Batangas, Subic, Zamboanga, and others.

This comprehensive approach ensures the safety and security of maritime trade and transportation throughout the Philippines. Leveraging embarked host nation security forces, our services provide a formidable defense against prevalent threats such as piracy, armed robbery, and maritime terrorism along these vital sea routes.

In collaboration with local authorities and security agencies in the Philippines, our armed guard teams deliver a robust security presence aboard client vessels. Our protective measures include armed patrols, intelligence gathering, and rapid response capabilities, all aimed at deterring potential threats and safeguarding the uninterrupted flow of maritime commerce.

Through proactive risk mitigation strategies and a commitment to excellence in maritime security, Associated Risks ensures the safe transit of vessels, fostering confidence among shipowners, operators, and the broader maritime community operating in Philippine waters, including those traveling from Tawi-Tawi to Mindoro and beyond.

Indonesia/ Maritime Security Services/ Armed Guards/ Makassar

Associated Risks offers specialized armed guard maritime security services tailored to safeguard vessels traversing the sea routes in Indonesia. Recognizing the diverse security challenges faced by vessels in Indonesian waters, we provide tailored solutions to ensure the safety and security of maritime operations.

Our highly trained armed guard teams, comprised of host nation security forces, are strategically deployed aboard vessels to provide immediate and robust defense against potential threats such as piracy, armed robbery, and unauthorized boarding attempts. Leveraging both international expertise and local security knowledge, our personnel are adept at safeguarding vessels along the sea routes in Indonesia, including areas like Banda Aceh, Batam, Jakarta, Balikpapan, Mataram, Jayapura, Karakelong, and Sebatik.

With a commitment to excellence in maritime security, Associated Risks stands ready to mitigate risks and ensure the safe passage of vessels through Indonesian waters. We provide unparalleled protection for vessels operating in the dynamic maritime environment of Indonesia.

Superyacht Security Services/ Malaysia/ Indonesia/ Philippines

Associated Risks specializes in providing top-tier maritime security services tailored specifically for superyachts traversing key maritime routes in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Recognizing the unique security challenges faced by luxury vessels in these waters, we offer a comprehensive suite of services to ensure the safety and security of superyachts throughout their journey.

Our highly trained armed guard teams are strategically deployed aboard superyachts to provide immediate and robust defense against potential threats such as piracy, armed robbery, and unauthorized boarding attempts. Leveraging both international expertise and local security knowledge, our personnel are adept at safeguarding superyachts, particularly in high-risk areas like the Sulu Sea and along routes between Tawi-Tawi and Mindoro in the Philippines.

In addition to armed guard services, Associated Risks offers specialized security escort vessel services specifically tailored for superyachts navigating through Malaysian, Indonesian, and Philippine waters. These escort vessels are equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance systems and manned by experienced security personnel, serving as a visible deterrent to potential threats while providing an additional layer of protection for superyachts during their passage to various ports across the region.

Our services cover a range of sea ports in Indonesia, including but not limited to Jakarta, Balikpapan, Mataram, Jayapura, Karakelong, Sebatik, and Batam. Additionally, we extend our security solutions to Malaysian sea ports such as Port Klang, Penang Port, Tanjung Pelepas, Johor Port, and Kuantan Port.

Whether it’s ensuring safe navigation through congested shipping lanes or conducting security patrols in high-risk zones, our security escort vessel services prioritize the safety and comfort of superyacht passengers and crew. With an integrated approach to maritime security, Associated Risks sets the standard for excellence in protecting superyachts operating in the maritime domains of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Security Vessel Escort Services/ Malaysia/ Indonesia/ Philippines

Associated Risks’ Maritime Security Escort Vessel (SEV) services are comprehensive, covering critical sea routes and strategic locations in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Our operations extend beyond specific regions, ensuring the safety and security of vessels throughout their journey in these waters.

In Malaysia, our Security Escort Vessel (SEV) services focus on safeguarding vessels along key routes and ports, including:

  1. The Malacca Strait: A vital shipping lane connecting the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, prone to piracy and maritime security threats.
  2. Port Klang: Malaysia’s largest port and a major gateway for international shipping.
  3. Penang Port: A crucial port on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, handling a significant volume of maritime traffic.
  4. Tanjung Pelepas: One of the busiest container terminals in Malaysia, situated in the southern state of Johor.
  5. Johor Port: Located in Pasir Gudang, Johor, serving as an important hub for both container and bulk cargo shipments.
  6. Kuantan Port: A key port on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, handling various types of cargo, including petroleum and liquid chemicals.
  7. Sabah Ports: Including Kota Kinabalu Port, Sandakan Port, and Tawau Port, serving as important maritime gateways in the state of Sabah, facilitating trade and transportation in the region.

In Indonesia, our Security Escort Vessel (SEV) services cover essential sea routes and ports, including:

  1. The Malacca Strait: As one of the world’s busiest and most critical waterways, prone to piracy and maritime security risks.
  2. Jakarta: Indonesia’s capital city and a significant port handling a diverse range of cargo, including containers and bulk commodities.
  3. Balikpapan: A vital port on the east coast of Borneo, serving as a hub for the Indonesian oil and gas industry.
  4. Jayapura: Located in Papua Province, serving as an important port for both domestic and international maritime trade.
  5. Mataram: The main port city on the island of Lombok, facilitating trade and commerce in the region.
  6. Karakelong: A strategic port in North Maluku, connecting various islands in the Indonesian archipelago.
  7. Sebatik: A key port on the island of Sebatik, bordering Malaysia and Indonesia, facilitating maritime trade and transportation.

In the Philippines, our Security Escort Vessel (SEV) services encompass critical sea routes and ports, including:

  1. The Sulu Sea: Known for piracy and maritime security challenges, requiring specialized protection for vessels transiting through this region.
  2. Manila Bay: Serving as a major port and the capital region’s primary maritime gateway for international trade.
  3. Visayan Sea: Located between the islands of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, experiencing significant maritime traffic and security risks.
  4. Palawan Passage: A vital route connecting the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea, susceptible to piracy due to its geographical features.
  5. Major Philippine Ports: Including but not limited to Cebu, Davao, Batangas, Subic Bay, Zamboanga, and others, catering to various maritime activities and trade operations.

Associated Risks ensures the safety and security of vessels traversing these routes and visiting these ports, deploying highly trained personnel and advanced security measures to mitigate risks and safeguard maritime operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Kidnap-For-Ransom Warning Sulu & Celebes Seas

05 Mar 2021: The ReCAAP ISC has received information from the Philippine Coast Guard (ReCAAP Focal Point) about an incident involving a bulk carrier, Akij Pearl off Sibutu Island, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines on 3 March 2021 at about 1045 hrs. While the bulk carrier was underway, an unidentified speed boat with three perpetrators on board attempted to board the ship. The master reported the incident to the Philippine Navy Littoral Monitoring Station (LMS). There was no mention if the perpetrators were armed.

As the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group/Kidnap-for-Ransom Group (ASG/FRG) elements are based in the area of the incident, the ReCAAP ISC urges ship master and crew to exercise extra vigilance when transiting the waters off Eastern Sabah and in the Sulu-Celebes Seas, in particular waters off Sibutu Island.

Source: Philippine Coast Guard

This information is to provide maritime situational awareness for mariners operating in the area.

Sulu Sea & Celebes Sea Maritime Security Alert

Date/Time of incident : 21 March 2021 at about 0643 hrs

Area Description : Vicinity of Kalupag Island, Brgy Kalupag, Languyan, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines

Incident Overview : According to the Philippine Coast Guard (ReCAAP Focal Point), the Joint Operating Elements of the 2nd Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was conducting intensified search and rescue operation in the vicinity of Kalupag Island, Brgy Kalupag, Languyan, TawiTawi, Philippines on 21 March 2021 when they encountered two members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) with the last crew who was abducted from fishing trawler SSK 00543 on 17 January 2020. While the AFP elements were engaged in a firefight with the ASG members, the abducted crew managed to escape from his captors and he was rescued by the AFP elements.

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