Global maritime piracy still declining

According to the most recent piracy report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) a total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017.

The IMB report notes that, while piracy rates are down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia.

The increase in attacks off the coast of Venezuela and other security incidents against vessels off Libya – including an attempted boarding in the last quarter – highlights the need for vigilance in other areas. In total, 92 vessels were boarded, 13 were fired upon, there were 11 attempted attacks and five vessels were hijacked in the first nine months of 2017.

The IMB says no incidents were reported off the coast of Somalia in this quarter, though the successful attacks from earlier in the year suggest that pirates in the area retain the capacity to target merchant shipping at distances from the coastline.

Source: IMB

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