The seas around the Philippines are the most pirated, with the seas around Nigeria the second most and the seas around India third."Tankers and bulk carriers are the target of choice, with smaller product chemical and oil tankers the most sought after," McStay said. "A healthy demand for black market fuel and cargo that can be transferred quickly, means that these are the most sought after." Escalating trend: militant groups and piracy in Southeast Asia "We are now seeing terrorist groups, such as Abu Sayyaf, employing a modus operandi more commonly associated with the region's pirate groups," said Ridzwan Rahmat, naval analyst and reporter at IHS Jane's. Between March and July 2016, armed cells affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf are suspected to have been behind at least six known cases of kidnap-for-ransom operations, involving five tugs towing barges and a fishing trawler underway in waters off eastern Sabah and the Southern Philippines. "The group has carried out kidnap-for-ransom operations in the past, but these were mostly from locations ashore," Rahmat said. "This latest spate of attacks at sea, taking place also within a relatively short time period, represents an escalation compared to what previously were isolated incidents." Future threats in Southeast Asia A number of potential developments on the technology front may also be presenting a challenge in maintaining Southeast Asian maritime security, according to the analysis from IHS Jane's. "One such development Navies are monitoring closely is the availability of cheaper and more portable smartphone devices that are proliferating in line with wider internet connectivity, even in Southeast Asia's more remote regions," Rahmat said. "Better internet connectivity has also given potential perpetrators of maritime crime the ability to monitor open sources of information, such as live automatic identification system (AIS) tracking websites, and to use information such as projected routes and arrival times, as well as cargo data, to target potential ships passing through vulnerable areas."
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