ReCAAP: Robbery Incidents Have Doubled in 2020 at Manila

Incidents at anchorages/ports in the Philippines Advisory
1. Following the increase of the number of incidents of sea robbery reported at Manila and Batangas anchorages/ports during Jan-Sep 2020, the shipping industry is advised to adopt the following measures when anchor/berth in the area:

• Enhance vigilance and maintain strict anti-robbery watch
• Keep the ship’s surroundings well lit, keep flood lights on
• Keep sharp look-out for small boats approaching close to the ship and do not allow any boats to come near ship as much as possible
• Keep the ship’s forward store room double and heavily locked.
• Keep breathing apparatus, brass articles (such as fire nozzles) or paint drums, in safe and secured stores
• Sound alarm when sighted suspicious boats loitering in the vicinity of the ship, or suspicious persons on board the ship
• Report immediately all incidents and suspicious activities in the vicinity via Channel 16 to alert all ships in the vicinity, the VTMS and nearest Coast Guard Station.

Ship masters are advised to immediately report all incidents to the local authorities. The contact numbers for ships bound for Manila and Batangas ports/anchorages are as follows:

Manila ports/anchorages

Coastal Guard District National Capital Region – Central Luzon: Contact numbers: +63 917 821 8124
+632-8-527-3882 (landline)
Email address:

Coast Guard Station Manila
Contact number: +63 917 842 7614
Email address:

Batangas ports/anchorages

Coast Guard Station Batangas
Phone numbers: +63 917-842-6649
+63 998-585-5846
Email address:

Ships can also report directly to the PCG Command Centre

PCG Command Centre
Contact numbers: +632-8-527-8481(ext:6136/37) (landline);
+632-998-585-5327 /+632-917-842-8249 (mobile)
+632-8-527-3877 (fax)
Email Address: