The Singapore Strait has seen a spike in the number of incidents of robbers boarding vessels, says a top security consultancy.

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) recorded 14 incidents in the period January to mid-August 2019.

“That was the highest number in any eight-month period since ReCAAP began collecting data in 2011,” said UK-based security consultancy Gray Page.