IMB: Piracy Incidents Down in 2019, But Gulf of Guinea Risks Remain

The number of piracy and armed robbery at sea incidents was down in first nine months of 2019, but  piracy hotspots like the Gulf of Guinea continue to pose a threat to the safety of mariners and ships, according to the International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) report for the third quarter of 2019.  Overall, a total of 119 … [Read more...]

IMB Piracy Report: Worldwide Piracy Increases 2018 as Gulf of Guinea Attacks Surge

Maritime piracy increased across the globe in 2018, especially in West Africa as attacks against ships and crews continue to pose danger to seafarers, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) said in its latest annual piracy report. Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed … [Read more...]

IMB: Record-Low Hijackings in the Gulf of Guinea in 2018, But Piracy Threat Persists

A total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017, the IMB said in its latest quarterly report.  The 2018 figures can be further broken down to 107 vessels boarded, 32 attempted attacks, 13 vessels … [Read more...]

IMB Report Shows Persistent Piracy and Kidnapping Risk in Gulf of Guinea

All crew kidnappings reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during the first six months of 2018 occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents, highlighting the persistent risk of maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships in the region, the IMB said in its 2018 first-half report. A total of 107 incidents were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre … [Read more...]

IMB: Maritime Piracy in 2017 Reached 22-Year Low

A total of 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in 2017, according to the latest IMB report. This is the lowest annual number of incidents since 1995, when 188 reports were received. In 2017, 136 vessels were boarded, while there were 22 attempted attacks, … [Read more...]