The Triton

News

Piracy drops to 21-year low

Posted on by in
ADVERTISEMENT

Piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest levels since 1995, despite a surge in kidnappings off West Africa, according to a new report from the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

IMB’s global piracy report shows 98 incidents in the first half of 2016, compared with 134 for the same period in 2015. When piracy was at its highest, in 2010 and 2003, IMB recorded 445 attacks a year.

In the first half of 2016, IMB recorded 72 vessels boarded, five hijackings, and 12 attempted attacks. Nine ships were fired upon. Sixty-four crew were taken hostage onboard, down from 250 in the same period last year.

Despite global improvements, kidnappings are on the rise, with 44 crew captured for ransom in 2016, 24 of them in Nigeria, up from 10 in the first half of 2015.

“In the Gulf of Guinea, rather than oil tankers being hijacked for their cargo, there is an increasing number of incidents of crew being kidnapped for ransom,” IMB Director Pottengal Mukundan said.

In Indonesia, low-level theft to ships at anchor has been brought down by introducing designated anchorages with improved security. There were 24 incidents in the first six months of this year, less than half of the same period in 2015.

For more information, visit https://icc-ccs.org/piracy-reporting-centre.

Related Articles

It’s not what you eat that piles on pounds – it’s what you drink

It’s not what you eat that piles on pounds – it’s what you drink

Around dinner time one night, a friend brags that he hasn’t eaten anything all day. He says it as if it were something to be proud of, like a badge of honor. What is true is that he hasn’t yet …

Benetti Yachtmaster reports record attendance in Italy

Benetti Yachtmaster reports record attendance in Italy

The 2018 Benetti Yachtmaster event in February at Castelfalfi, Italy, had record attendance of more than 200, according to event organizers. The annual event is organized by the private shipyard …

Italian police search yachts for fuel bunkering violations

In late January, one day after rogue waves pounded Portosole marina in Sanremo, about 30 agents from the Guardia di Finanza armed with search warrants boarded and searched at least six yachts in …

Investors sue over LightSquared losses

Investors led by Harbinger Capital Partners have filed a $1.9 billion lawsuit against a trio of GPS receiver manufacturers over LightSquared, a now bankrupt firm that still hopes to build a wireless …

Allen’s R/V Petrel finds wreckage of WWII cruiser

Allen’s R/V Petrel finds wreckage of WWII cruiser

On March 17, the expedition crew of Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen's research vessel Petrel  found the wreckage of the USS Juneau, a World War II cruiser sunk by a Japanese torpedo during the …

Living organ donation an option for captain

Living organ donation an option for captain

By Dorie Cox Capt. Neil Emmott has dealt with many challenges during his yachting career but now he faces a personal one, end-stage renal disease. This stage of chronic kidney disease can cause …

Comments