International report charts continued threat from global piracy

A report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau urged ship masters to be vigilant when sailing in high-risk areas

By Ramola Talwar Badam

Somali pirates remain a threat to merchant ships and have been responsible for the kidnap of dozens of sailors this year, according to a report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau published on Tuesday.
The hijacking of an Indian dhow in early April was one of five incidents reported off Somalia in addition to pirates opening fire on three vessels and a bulk carrier boarded by the raiders in the Gulf of Aden.
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MAST Note: The ICC-IMB statistics only include incidents reported directly to the IMB by Masters or CSOs. They do not include incidents reported to other agencies or the media. As a result, for a truer picture of the situation, it would be necessary to add up statistics from all providers. 

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