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IMB publishes second quarter report of 2017

87 incidents of maritime piracy in the first half of 2017

According to the second quarter report of the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) a total number of 87 incidents was reported.  While number of incidents declined violence to crew stagnated or rose over the reporting period.

Especially the traditional high risk areas remain hazardous

Somali pirates revealed their skills and capacity during several kidnappings and boardings. In March and early April several dhows were attacked and kidnapped. In the following three weeks larger vessels reported being chased and fired upon. One bulk carrier was boarded. These incidents partly occurred far from coastal waters and reveal the persistent piracy risks for merchant vessels in the region.

When it comes to violence against crew the waters off Nigeria are the woeful number one. So far 31 crew were reported kidnapped this year including 14 in the second quarter. Also half of all reports of vessels being under fire came from Nigeria. The IMB, however, states explicitly that actual numbers may be even higher as many incidents might be unreported. For the latest incidents see our overview.

The IMB report indicates an underreporting rate of approx. 65 % for the first half of 2017 in the Gulf of Guinea. This rate was calculated by comparing reports to the IMB and numbers of the “Community of Reporting”, a project initiated by the IMB along with Oceans Beyond Piracy.

Product tankers remain preferred targets

Product tankers and bulk carrier are the vessel types most likely to be affected by piracy. Of the total number of 87 attacked vessels 19 were product tankers and 18 bulk carriers. Followed by general cargo vessels, container vessels and tankers (seven each).

The IMB urges ship masters and owners to maintain high levels of vigilance when transiting the high risk areas and to implement measures according to the latest version of best management practices.

Sources: ICC International Matitme Bureau

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