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ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Latest Data

Updated on 15 June 2013. Source: ICC

120

Worldwide incidents

7/1

Somali related incidents

Seven reported incidents including one hi-jacking

68 / 4

Current crew / vessels held by Somali pirates

22

Nigeria related incidents

22 reported incidents including one hijacking.

Latest News

Please note this is an automated service. We are not responsible for any of the news content on this page. We try our best to filter out spurious and irrelevant content but occasionally they do slip through. If you notice inappropriate content please let us know.

18 September 2014 @ 11:00 am UTC
Crime on the high seas: The world's most pirated watersPortNews IAAThe Ai Maru steamed alone under night skies on June 14 when a speedboat slipped in from the darkness and overtook the tanker abo…

18 September 2014 @ 5:24 am UTC
IHS Jane’s 360MSA on a mission to South Africa [AAD142]IHS Jane’s 360However, while the type is attractive to some air arms, there are many who do not have the requirement or budget to warrant such a …

17 September 2014 @ 8:35 pm UTC
Fight Piracy IntelligentlyThe Maritime ExecutivePirates have had to change their tactics in the last few years, including a geographical expansion to the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, including the waters …

16 September 2014 @ 11:46 pm UTC
NBCNews.comThe World's Most Dangerous Waters: They're Not Where You ThinkNBCNews.comAs the example of the Ai Maru shows, pirates in the Strait of Malacca and Singapore Strait prefer tactics …

16 September 2014 @ 9:05 pm UTC
Make sure your security strategy protects against shifting tactics, a snowballing number of incidents and increasing levels of violence. The constantly shifting ……

16 September 2014 @ 7:39 pm UTC
Countering Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia … Threat to Maritime Commerce, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief, and Regional Security and Development….

14 September 2014 @ 10:34 pm UTC
Somali pirates are often armed with rocket-propelled grenade launchers … Piracy in Somalia began as a result of the collapse of Somalia and the onset of foreign ……

14 September 2014 @ 6:23 pm UTC
Somalia Report is a 24/7 exclusive ground-based news premier network based inside Somalia covering piracy, conflict and breaking news….

14 September 2014 @ 5:44 am UTC
A guide to Somalian pirates, including who they are, where and how do Somali pirates operate, and what can be done to stop Somali piracy….

14 September 2014 @ 5:44 am UTC
A guide to Somalian pirates, including who they are, where and how do Somali pirates operate, and what can be done to stop Somali piracy….

13 September 2014 @ 8:05 pm UTC
West Africa’s coastal states need to step up co-ordination to beat the growing incidence of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, says an international maritime organisation….

11 September 2014 @ 12:40 am UTC
Ars TechnicaiPwned: How easy is it to mine Apple services, devices for data?Ars Technica(That's an anti-piracy measure that allows the company to control its distribution.) EPPB, on the … Next,…

9 September 2014 @ 10:24 pm UTC
The weak central government has been unable to suppress either the insurgency or the growing piracy. Somalia has been engulfed in chaos and civil war since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in…..

9 September 2014 @ 3:48 pm UTC
Coast Guardsmen Train in Basic Tactical OperationsMilitary.com“Most of our missions are shipboard: conducting counternarcotic, counterterrorism and anti-piracy operations. We want to best prepare st…

9 September 2014 @ 2:18 pm UTC
NBCNews.comAmerican Teens Dream … of Owning a HomeNBCNews.comAs the example of the Ai Maru shows, pirates in the Strait of Malacca and Singapore Strait prefer tactics that are very different from th…

9 September 2014 @ 12:41 am UTC
ShadowSpear Special OperationsCoast Guardsmen Train in Tactical OperationsShadowSpear Special Operations“Most of our missions are shipboard: conducting counternarcotic, counterterrorism and anti-pir…

2 September 2014 @ 9:17 pm UTC
NBCNews.com'City Is Still in Distress': Detroit Bankruptcy Trial OpensNBCNews.comAs the example of the Ai Maru shows, pirates in the Strait of Malacca and Singapore Strait prefer tactics tha…

28 August 2014 @ 12:27 am UTC
…it is widely recognised that to achieve a lasting solution to piracy, Somalia will require assistance from the International Community to help strengthen maritime security and develop coastal livel…

25 August 2014 @ 1:04 am UTC
Carbon Monoxide Caused Mormon Missionary Deaths: PoliceNBCNews.comAs the example of the Ai Maru shows, pirates in the Strait of Malacca and Singapore Strait prefer tactics that are very different from…

27 July 2014 @ 9:12 am UTC
…STABILITY, THE SUEZ CANAL AND SUMED PIPELINESOMALIA: EXTREMISM AND PIRACYSomalia as A Center of Terrorism and ExtremismSomalia and PiracyDJIBOUTI: A KEY BASE FOR US AND FRENCH FORCESERITREA AND ETH…

Essential Contacts And Documents

In this section we provide only the most essential contacts and pointers to necessary documentation. It is up to the navigator to source all necessary information that they think appropriate for their passage. Our best advice is that you contact as many organisations and contacts of your detailed passage plan as possible, including task forces and coastguards. Below are our recommended contacts and essential reading.

UKMTO Dubai

The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) office in Dubai acts as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels and liaison with military forces in the region. UKMTO Dubai also administers the Voluntary Reporting Scheme, under which merchant vessels are encouraged to send regular reports, providing their position/course/speed and ETA. The link above is their email address.

MSCHOA Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa

Set up by the European task force to tackle piracy in this area. Established the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). Esper joined MSCHOA organisation to gain full access to the website. Maintenance of ship’s position with the MSCHOA throughout the Indian Ocean is recommended.

ICC-CCS International Chamber of Commerce: Commercial Crimes Service

Go to their IMB Reporting centre for information on piracy and a map of piracy activity.

International Sailing Federation

The International Sailing Federation was set up to provide racing sailors with a set of internationally recognised set of rules and measurement standards. The ISAF also produces a set of recommendations for sailors entering into known areas of piracy. The link above takes you to the latest downloadable pdf on their recommendations.

Best Management Practice Guidelines

From the ICC website: “Industry bodies, along with the IMB and navies, have developed guidelines to assist masters in transiting the dangerous waters in the Gulf of Aden and off the east coast of Somalia.The guidelines, called the Best Management Practice (BMP), are a fluid document which gets updated with renewed guidelines as lessons are learned.” Click on the link to download the pdf.

European Union Naval Force Somalia

EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta acts in accordance with United Nations Security Councils resolutions. The military operation was launched 8 December and has been extended by the European Council until December 2012. EU Navfor has a download page which includes a weekly piracy incident summary, list of currently pirated vessels and the anti-piracy planning chart.


Video Library

Below is a random clip from youtube on the subject of Somali pirates, uploaded within the last 18 months. The buttons on the left (< and >) jump backwards and forwards between random clips, whilst the buttons on the right take you to the original youtube link, switches to full screen, and mutes the volume respectively.

Please note that a few clips may not play due to owner restrictions. If this happens, click the link button to view it (first button on the right after the time counter).

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