A total of 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in 2017, according to the latest IMB report. In 2017, 136 vessels were boarded, while there were 22 attempted attacks, 16 vessels fired upon and six vessels hijacked. In 15 separate incidents, 91 crewmembers were taken hostage and 75 were kidnapped from their vessels in 13 other incidents. Three crewmembers were killed in 2017 and six injured.
In 2017, there were 36 reported incidents with no vessels hijacked in this area and 10 incidents of kidnapping involving 65 crewmembers in or around Nigerian waters. Globally, 16 vessels reported being fired upon—including seven in the Gulf of Guinea. Nine incidents were recorded off Somalia in 2017, up from two in 2016. Indonesia recorded 43 incidents in 2017, down from 49 in 2016. In the Philippines the number of reported incidents has more than doubled, from 10 in 2016 to 22 in 2017. The majority of these incidents were low-level attacks on anchored vessels, mainly at the ports of Manila and Batangas.
Launched in 1991, the IMB PRC is a 24-hour manned centre that provides the maritime industry, governments and response agencies with timely and transparent data on armed robbery incidents received directly from the master or owner of vessels. Reported attacks can be viewed online on the IMB Live Piracy Map.
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