February 11th, 2013

Piracy Incidents drops in Number

The latest global piracy report indicate a drastic drop on pirate attacks off the coast off Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) releases their latest statistics.

“This drop is likely due to the increased/active military action on suspected skiffs, military land based anti-piracy operations, preventive measures and increased use of armed guards on board ships as well as the monsoon season,” IMB said in the report.

The latest numbers from the Bureau also showed that piracy on the world’s seas has reached a five-year low.

 “IMB’s piracy figures show a welcome reduction in hijackings and attacks to ships. But crews must remain vigilant, particularly in the highly dangerous waters off East and West Africa,” said Captain Pottengal Mukundan, Director of IMB.