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Global pirate attacks and maritime armed robbery incidents lowest since records began

The global reporting centre for pirate and maritime armed robberies has recorded the lowest number of incidents since records began. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) received 132 reports of attacks against ships in 2021, the lowest since 1994. It has attributed the drop in incidents to action taken by authorities but is calling for continued co-ordination and vigilance to ensure the long-term protection of seafarers. “While the overall reduction in globally reported incidents is welcomed the IMB piracy reporting centre urges coastal states to acknowledge the inherent risk from piracy ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 06 – 12 Mar 2022

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 27 Feb – 05 Mar 2022

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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Piracy trends and hotspots

Global piracy and armed robbery numbers decreased in 2021, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC). Its latest annual report shows a 32% drop in overall attacks in 2021 compared to 2020. The drop is primarily attributed to decreased activity within the Gulf of Guinea region, and Nigerian waters in particular. A look at the figures also reveals that only two incidents were recorded within the African continent outside the Gulf of Guinea region, compared to four in 2020. The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 20 – 26 Feb 2022

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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EMASoH: Two Years Of De-Escalation In The Strait Of Hormuz

The European-led Maritime Awareness mission in the Strait of Hormuz, EMASoH, has been in operation for two years by 25 February 2022. EMASoH has been active for two years now and since the inception, the mission has contributed to ensuring the freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz based on principles of neutrality, dialogue and de-escalation. In full accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the mission provides enhanced maritime situation awareness and surveillance through the deployment of additional maritime ...

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U.S. eyes 100-strong Mideast sea drone fleet with security partners

The United States Navy and security partners will patrol Middle East waters with 100 unmanned vessels next year to improve deterrence against attacks, like those presented by Iran, the U.S. Fifth Fleet commander said. The region is vital for global trade, especially oil supplies that flow out of the Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz. There have been high-seas confrontations between U.S. and Iranian forces with attacks on oil tankers in Gulf waters in 2019. Sanctions-hit Iran denied accusations of responsibility. Last year the U.S. Navy established a new task ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 13 – 19 Feb 2022

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 06 – 12 Feb 2022

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 30 Jan – 05 Feb 2022

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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Piracy Has Decreased In 2021 But The Threat Remains

According to the annual piracy report published recently by the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), piracy and armed robbery at sea last year has reached an all-time low since 1994. But the threat remains. The report shows that in 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre recorded a total of 132 incidents against ships. Out of these, 115 vessels were boarded, 11 were attempted attacks, 5 vessels were fired upon and 1 vessel was hijacked. “The overall decrease in incidents does not mean that the piracy has been almost eradicated,” commented ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 23 – 29 Jan 2022

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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China, Russia hold joint anti-piracy drills in Arabian Sea

The navies of China and Russia on Monday conducted joint anti-piracy drills in the northern part of the Arabian Sea with the aim of enhancing the capabilities of the two countries’ militaries in safeguarding strategic maritime routes, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. A total of five warships plus vessel-based helicopters and marines took part in the exercise, China’s Ministry of National Defense said in a press release on Tuesday. During the drills, the Chinese-Russian flotilla practiced training courses including joint maneuver, saving hijacked vessels and transporting injured personnel ...

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Piracy and armed robbery cases in Singapore Strait hit 6-year high in 2021

The number of piracy and armed robbery cases in the Singapore Strait hit a six-year high in 2021, even as such cases in Asia fell to their lowest since 2018. There were 49 incidents in the Singapore Strait – recognised as one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes – in 2021, compared with 34 in 2020 and 31 in 2019. The 49 cases are the highest since the 99 incidents in 2015. In the whole of Asia, 82 piracy and armed robbery incidents against ships were reported in 2021 – ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 16 – 22 Jan 2022

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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