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ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Latest Data

Updated on 15 June 2013. Source: ICC


Worldwide incidents


Somali related incidents

Seven reported incidents including one hi-jacking

68 / 4

Current crew / vessels held by Somali pirates


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.

23 April 2014 @ 9:04 am UTC
Countering Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia … Threat to Maritime Commerce, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief, and Regional Security and Development….

23 April 2014 @ 5:15 am UTC
Somali Pirates, a guide to Somalia’s modern day pirates. Who are these pirates, where and how do Somali pirates operate, and what can be done to stop Somali Piracy?…

23 April 2014 @ 3:34 am UTC
Somalia Report is a 24/7 exclusive ground-based news premier network based inside Somalia covering piracy, conflict and breaking news….

22 April 2014 @ 7:45 pm UTC
Yes, More Nukes!NewsweekThey've collaborated on nonproliferation—stopping terrorists and rogue states from getting material for weapons of mass destruction—and anti-piracy. They've … T…

21 April 2014 @ 10:53 am UTC
Make sure your security strategy protects against shifting tactics, a snowballing number of incidents and increasing levels of violence. The constantly shifting ……

20 April 2014 @ 2:22 pm UTC
Somalia Report is a 24/7 exclusive ground-based news premier network based inside Somalia covering piracy, conflict and breaking news….

19 April 2014 @ 11:20 pm UTC
Somali Pirates, a guide to Somalia’s modern day pirates. Who are these pirates, where and how do Somali pirates operate, and what can be done to stop Somali Piracy?…

11 April 2014 @ 12:15 pm UTC
…comments: Links to this post anti piracy , Somalia , terrorism watch , UN Peacekeepers , UNO , UNODC Sunday … maritime security , NATO , piracy , Somalia Somaliland: Kenyan Intelligence confirms …

10 April 2014 @ 3:39 pm UTC
At sea, Sino-India ties need propulsionThe Asian Age… that a new Chinese Shang-class tactical nuclear submarine (SSN) had completed a two-month submerged patrol in the Indian Ocean and had returned …

10 April 2014 @ 12:19 pm UTC ds-conference-battle-maritime-piracy-soma lia/ DP World has organised a high level meeting on how to support Somalia to build its economy, attract internation…

4 April 2014 @ 10:38 pm UTC
The Maritime ExecutiveSurface Warfare: Lynchpin of Integrated Naval DefenseThe Maritime ExecutiveIn light of emerging capabilities and in order to maintain combat advantage, especially in the areas of…

30 March 2014 @ 9:01 am UTC
ANTI-PIRACY APP ARRIVESTHISDAY LiveParticipants from the concerned industries urged the DG of the NCC to come to their aid, as the tactics it uses in tackling piracy at the Alaba International Market …

28 March 2014 @ 7:43 am UTC
Immigration Advocates Asking Business Leaders for PushBusinessweekBusiness lobby tactics have come under scrutiny as their economic message comes up short against more emotional letter-writing and pho…

28 March 2014 @ 2:59 am UTC
The Royal Australian Navy's struggle for our hearts and mindsThe Monthly (subscription)It seems the splitting of responsibilities by government is quite an effective tactic for evading scrutiny, …

27 March 2014 @ 2:46 am UTC
The HinduBail Granted to 33 Crew of US Anti-piracy ShipThe New Indian Express… until further orders. However, the judge dismissed the bail application of the ship captain Dudinik Valentyn and tactic…

25 March 2014 @ 1:58 am UTC
International maritime defence expo opensPeninsula On-lineExhibitors are showcasing domains of the naval and maritime defence, including anti-piracy, diving and underwater operations and vehicles, mar…

28 February 2014 @ 11:30 am UTC
…the security of the country and to fight against terrorism and piracy. Somalia plunged into chaos after Barre was overthrown in 1991. After his ouster, clan warlords and militants battled for contr…

20 February 2014 @ 11:24 pm UTC
8 Venetia Archer and Robert Young Pelton, “Can We Ever Assess the True Cost of Piracy?” Somalia Report, February 21, 2012, accessed February 16, 2014,…

25 December 2013 @ 9:11 am UTC osts/2013/12/24-maritime-piracy-somalia-f elbab-brown…

8 December 2013 @ 11:55 pm UTC
For many people, the phrase maritime piracy evokes images of a one-eyed sailor drinking rum and singing obscene songs. For some younger people, piracy may ……

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.


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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