IMB urges governments to take immediate action on piracy

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May 26, 2011

LONDON (Dow Jones)–The International Maritime Bureau Thursday urged governments to take action against the increasing number of pirate attacks off the Somali coast.

There were 219 attacks off Somalia in 2010, 49 vessels were hijacked and 1,016 crew members taken hostage, according to IMB data.

“Despite measures taken by the United Nations Security Council and the presence of naval units in the area of the Gulf of Aden, pirates continue to strike,” IMB said.

IMB urged governments to realize the impact piracy has on global trade and shipping as well as the increasing threat posed to the security of energy supply lines for major industrial nations.

IMB said governments must improve the rules of engagement given to the navies in the area, and refocus the efforts of the U.N.

-By Neena Rai, Dow Jones Newswires

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