Crew kidnappings highest in a decade

SAM CHAMBERS
More crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years, despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998, the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report shows.
In its 2016 report, IMB recorded 191 incidents of piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas.
“The continued fall in piracy is good news, but certain shipping routes remain dangerous, and the escalation of crew kidnapping is a worrying trend in some emerging areas,” said Pottengal Mukundan, director of IMB whose Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) has monitored world piracy since 1991.
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