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  • 3 February 2016

    As a result of five attacks off Nigeria, kidnappings doubled from nine in 2014 to 19 in 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in its annual piracy report. ICC IMB added that piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas is persisting at levels close to those in 2014, despite […]

  • 14 January 2020

    The number of crew kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea increased by more than 50% y-o-y.

  • 29 October 2018

    IMB PRC: The number of crew members held hostage increasing in comparison to the same period in 2017.

  • 22 July 2015

    There is a continuing trend in South East Asia in the hijacking of small coastal tankers by maritime pirates, averaging one attack every two weeks, finds a new report from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB). According to the report, five small tankers were hijacked in South East Asian waters in the […]

  • 23 November 2012

      The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) commends the actions of Vietnamese authorities for the recapture of a vessel hijacked and taken to their waters. The Malaysian-owned tanker ‘Zafirah’ lost communication on 17 November 2012 whilst en route from Pasir Gudang to the port of Miri. Following an IMB alert, Vietnamese authorities were able to […]

  • 16 October 2019

    Gulf of Guinea remains a high risk area, it was noted.

  • 22 July 2015

    There is a continuing trend in South East Asia in the hijacking of small coastal tankers by maritime pirates, averaging one attack every two weeks, finds a new report from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB). According to the report, five small tankers were hijacked in South East Asian waters in the […]

  • 25 July 2016

    Piracy and armed robbery at sea have fallen to their lowest levels since 1995, despite a surge in kidnappings off West Africa, according to a 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 […]

  • 1 November 2016
    Business & Finance

    Kidnapping and hostage-taking persists off the coasts of West Africa and South East Asia, despite a 20-year low in piracy on the world’s seas, according data provided by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB’s latest global piracy report shows that pirates armed with guns or knives took 110 seafarers hostage […]

  • 20 September 2018

    A product tanker anchored in Conakry Anchorage, Guinea, boarded by four armed robbers.

  • 5 July 2016
    Business & Finance

    An anchored heavy lift vessel was boarded by six robbers armed with machine guns and knives in the Conakry Anchorage, Guinea, according to data from the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC). During the attack, which occurred on July 3, the robbers attacked the duty ordinary seaman causing injuries and took the second officer hostage. IMB PRC […]

  • 8 April 2019

    The first quarter of 2019 saw fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships.

  • 25 December 2012
    Business & Finance

    A vessel’s crew hijacked almost three years ago by Somali pirates has been freed, says the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB). After 1000 days in captivity the 22 remaining crew of the MV Iceberg 1 were freed as a result of a two-week operation by the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) in Garaad in the […]

  • 18 January 2013
    Business & Finance

    Naval and armed guard protection is working, but the seas off East and West Africa remain dangerous, warns IMB. Piracy on the world’s seas has reached a five-year low, with 297 ships attacked in 2012, compared with 439 in 2011, the latest International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) report revealed on January 16. Worldwide figures were brought […]

  • 18 October 2013
    Business & Finance

    The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed that piracy on the world’s seas is at its lowest third-quarter level since 2006, but warns of the threat of continuing violent attacks off the East and West coasts of Africa. The latest IMB Piracy Report, published today, shows 188 piracy incidents in the […]

  • 9 July 2019

    Of the 75 seafarers taken hostage worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured in the Gulf of Guinea.

  • 21 April 2015

    A small coastal tanker is hijacked by pirates in South East Asia every two weeks on average, a report from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed. South East Asia accounts for 55% of the world’s 54 piracy and armed robbery incidents since the start of 2015. After a steady […]

  • 11 April 2018
    Business & Finance

    IMB: Number of incidents around West Africa increased to 66 in Q1 2018, from 43 for the same period in 2017.

  • 6 September 2017

    A crew member of a crude oil tanker was taken hostage by five armed robbers who boarded the vessel on September 1 while anchored at Puerto La Cruz Anchorage, Venezuela. According to a report from IMB’s piracy reporting centre, the five robbers approached the tanker in a small fishing boat armed with pistols, knives and […]

  • 18 May 2016

    A number of pirates were repelled from boarding a container ship as they approached the vessel in five skiffs while it was underway in the Gulf of Aden, according to data released from IMB Piracy Reporting Centre. Namely, the pirates were interrupted in their intent when a security team from Solace Global, which was protecting the boxship, fired warning shots […]

  • 8 July 2016
    Business & Finance

    A group of armed pirates has approached and opened fire upon a tanker which was underway some 89 nautical miles off the coast of Brass, Nigeria, according to data provided by the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC). The vessel in question was reportedly the 2006-built Suezmax tanker Bouboulina. IMB PRC said that, as […]

  • 25 December 2012

    Pirates have kidnapped four sailors off Nigeria’s coast from an Italian platform supply vessel, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has said. PSV Asso Ventuno, operated by Naples-based Augusta Offshore, was boarded on Sunday about 40 miles (65 km) off the coast of Nigeria’s Bayelsa state. “Pirates armed with guns attacked, boarded an offshore supply vessel […]