About ReCAAP



Background Information

About the ReCAAP and the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC)

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) is the first regional government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance cooperation against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The Agreement entered into force on 4 September 2006. To date, 20 States (14 Asian countries, 4 European countries, Australia, the USA) have become Contracting Parties to ReCAAP.

The 20 Contracting Parties of the ReCAAP:

(As of April 2017)


People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Brunei Darussalam

Kingdom of Cambodia

People’s Republic of China

Kingdom of Denmark

Republic of India


Republic of Korea

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Kingdom of Norway

Republic of the Philippines

Republic of Singapore

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Kingdom of Thailand

United Kingdom

United States of America

Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) was established under the Agreement and was officially launched on 29 November 2006 in Singapore

The roles and activities of the ReCAAP ISC consist of the following three pillars.

Information Sharing

The ReCAAP ISC conducts timely and accurate information sharing on incidents of piracy and sea robbery.  The ReCAAP ISC manages a network of information sharing with the Focal Points of Contracting Parties on 24/7 basis.  Through this information sharing, the ReCAAP ISC can issue warnings and alerts to the shipping industry and facilitate the responses by the law enforcement agencies of littoral states.  Based on the detailed information of incidents collected, verified and collated, the ReCAAP ISC provides accurate statistics and analysis of the piracy and armed robbery situation in Asia by its periodical reports (weekly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual reports).

Capacity Building

In order to strengthen its network of information sharing, the ReCAAP ISC conducts capacity building activities of the Focal Points of the Contracting Parties through the training of their reporting skill, sharing best practices, updating the situation of piracy and armed robbery.  It also facilitates the Focal Points to promote cooperation with other governmental agencies and shipping industry.

Cooperative Arrangements

The ReCAAP ISC promotes cooperation with other regional and international organisations (governmental organisations and shipping associations) to share information and best practices and to enhance its network in order to address the piracy and armed robbery collectively.  It has signed documents of cooperation with like-minded organisations such as IMO, INTERPOL, BIMCO, INTERTANKO, ASA, IFC and DCoC.

Profile of the Executive Director - 06 April 2016
List of ReCAAP ISC Governing Council Members: latest revised/uploaded - 28 February 2017
ReCAAP Focal Points: last revised/uploaded - 12 October 2015
Profile of the Chairperson of the ReCAAP ISC Governing Council - 01 March 2017
Executive Director's Report 2015 - 31 March 2016
Executive Director's Mssage - 08 May 2015
Executive Director's Report 2014 - 17 April 2015
ReCAAP Mobile App - 31 December 2014
MSC.1/Circ.1334 endorsed at the IMO 86th MSC Meeting: last revised/uploaded - 15 May 2014
Executive Director's Report 2013 - 21 March 2014
ReCAAP Agreement: last revised/uploaded - 24 February 2014
Executive Director's Report 2012: last revised/uploaded - 24 February 2014
ReCAAP ISC's Contributions to the Djibouti Code of Conduct: last revised/uploaded - 24 February 2014

 For enquiry, please contact the ReCAAP ISC Secretariat at tel: +65 6376 3063 / fax: +65 6376 3066.

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