Nigeria, Indonesia, main areas of pirate incidents in H1

There were 77 incidents of piracy in the first half of the year, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s IMB Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships Report. Of these, 21 were off Nigeria and 11 were around Indonesia. Incidents off Africa numbered 37, followed by America (19) and SE Asia (17).

There was no particular focus on a single type of vessel, with 20 incidents involving bulk carriers, 19 involving product tankers, 12 involving tankers and nine on container ships.

Vessels were successfully boarded in 78% of the incidents. Globally, 38 people were taken hostage. Although the Gulf of Guinea contributed 43% of the reported incidents, 73% of global kidnappings and 92% of global hostages took place in this region.

Although the 21 incidents reported off Nigeria was by far the highest for any single country, this was down from 31 in the same period the previous year.

IMB PRC commended the Nigerian Navy for its efforts, responding promptly with patrol boats to any incidents reported. IMB said that there had been a decrease in the number of reported incidents in Q2.

Similarly in Indonesia, IMB said that ongoing cooperation with the Indonesian Marine Police had seen the lowest number of reported incidents since 2009.