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Efforts To Tackle Maritime Piracy Paying Off

by Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus

01 November 2013


There has been a dramatic decline in the number of piracy incidents since 2006, statistics from the International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau (IMB) show.

Piracy on the world's seas has been recorded as at its lowest third-quarter level since 2006, but the IMB has warned that there is still a considerable threat of violent attacks off the East and West coasts of Africa.

The latest statistics from the IMB show that a total of 188 piracy incidents occurred during the first nine months of 2013, down from 233 during the same period last year. Incidents involving hostage-taking have fallen markedly, with 266 people taken hostage this year, compared with 458 in the first three quarters of 2012.

During the first nine months of the year, pirates hijacked 10 vessels, fired at 17, and boarded 140. A further 21 attacks were thwarted. In total 266 crew were taken hostage and 34 kidnapped. One seafarer was killed, twenty were injured, and one is reported missing.

IMB Director Pottengal Mukundan urged caution: "Although the number of attacks is down overall, the threat of attacks remains, particularly in the waters off Somalia and in the Gulf of Guinea. It is vital that ship masters continue to be vigilant as they transit these waters."

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