dangerous for piracy, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report
kidnapped for ransom worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured in the Gulf
of Guinea, specifically off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and
78 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the first half of
2019, compared with 107 incidents for the same period of 2018. Overall, 57
vessels were boarded, representing 73% of all attacks.
hostage, and kidnapped a further 37 for ransom.
sea, and 92% of hostage-takings, took place in the Gulf of Guinea. Armed
pirates in these high-risk waters kidnapped 27 crewmembers in the first half of
2019, and 25 in the same period in 2018.
that was then used in another attack. Of the nine vessels fired upon worldwide,
eight were off the coast of Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer. These attacks
took place on average 65 nautical miles off the coast – meaning they are
classified as acts of piracy.
according to the IMB. The organization reported “a welcome and marked decrease”
in attacks in the Gulf of Guinea for the second quarter of 2019, commending the
Nigerian navy for actively responding to reported incidents by dispatching
IMB recorded 21 incidents around Nigeria so far in 2019, down from 31 in the
same period of 2018.
IMB is urging seafarers in the region to remain vigilant and report all
suspicious activity to regional response centres and the IMB PRC.
two fishing boats off eastern Sabah in June. Of these, nine crew are reported
to have been released.
cooperation between the Indonesian Marine Police and the IMB PRC continues to
show positive results. The 11 incidents reported in Indonesian waters remains
the lowest Q2 figure since 2009 when three incidents were reported.
departing from Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second largest city. This is the first time
an incident involving the firing of weapons has been reported to the IMB PRC in
armed theft against ships at anchor have been reported in Callao in Peru, Jose
Terminal in Venezuela and Macapa in Brazil.