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Piracy declines but warning about Somalia and Nigeria

7 July 2017

The latest quarterly piracy report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows that reported incidents of piracy and armed robbery declined from 97 in the first half of 2016 to 87 for the same period this year, representing some of the lowest figures reported in the last five years. However, the IMB warns that incidents off Somalia have been growing after a five-year lull, that Nigerian waters remain prone to attacks involving violence and kidnapping, and that tanker hijacking has been on the rise in South East Asia. The IMB continues to urge vigilance for seafarers and ships in these waters.

In the first six months of 2017, 63 vessels were boarded, 12 fired upon and four were hijacked, with 63 crew taken hostage, 41 kidnapped from their vessels, three injured and two killed.

Recent incidents reported to the IMB’s worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following. 

  • Eight robbers boarded a tanker anchored at Jose Terminal, Venezuela on 24 June, and assaulted the duty seafarer. The alarm was raised, the ship’s whistle sounded and the robbers escaped empty-handed.
  • Six pirates armed with guns boarded a tanker around 33 nautical miles off Kuantan, Malaysia on 23 June, took all the crew hostage and hit a few with their guns, and damaged the navigation and communication equipment. They sailed the tanker to an unknown location and transferred part of the gas oil cargo into another vessel, and escaped with crew personal belongings and ship’s property.
  • A robber was spotted attempting to board a tanker berthed at Mombasa, Kenya on 19 June. The duty crew shouted at him and the robber escaped empty-handed.
  • Four robbers were spotted on board an offshore supply vessel anchored at Singatac, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia on 13 June. The ship’s searchlights were switched on, the ship’s whistle sounded and crew shouted at the robbers, who escaped empty-handed.
  • Six robbers boarded a research vessel anchored at Galang, Indonesia on 12 June, stole ship’s property and escaped. 


All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours), email:


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