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GOG Reports 12 Piracy Incidents As Global Drops To Lowest Level – IMB

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The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) received the lowest number of reported incidents for the first half of any year since 1994 a testament to its pivotal role in raising awareness to make waters safer.

IMB’s latest global piracy report details 58 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships the lowest total since 1994 down from 68 incidents during the same period last year. In the first six months of 2022, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 55 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks and one vessel hijacked.

Michael Howlett, director of IMB said: “Not only is this good news for the seafarers and the shipping industry it is positive news for trade which promotes economic growth. But the areas of risk shift and the shipping community must remain vigilant. We encourage governments and responding authorities to continue their patrols which create a deterrent effect.”

While the reduction in reported incidents is indeed encouraging, the IMB PRC continues to caution against complacency vessels that were boarded in 96 percent of the reported incidents. Despite no crew kidnappings reported during this period, violence against and the threat to crews continues with 23 crew taken hostage and a further five crew threatened.

Of the 58 incidents, 12 were reported in the Gulf of Guinea, ten of which were defined as armed robberies and the remaining two as piracy. In early April, a Panamax bulk carrier was attacked and boarded by pirates 260NM off the coast of Ghana. This illustrates that despite a decrease in reported incidents, the threat of Gulf of Guinea piracy and crew kidnappings remains.

On being notified of the incident, IMB PRC immediately alerted and liaised with the Regional Authorities and international warships to request for assistance.

An Italian Navy warship and its helicopter responded and instantly intervened, saving the crew and enabling the vessel to proceed to a safe port under escort.

IMB PRC commends the prompt and positive actions of the Italian Navy which undoubtedly resulted in the crew and ship being saved.

It urged the Coastal response agencies and independent international navies to continue their efforts to ensure this crime is permanently addressed in these waters which account for 74 percent of the crew taken hostage globally.

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