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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.

18 August 2014 @ 10:49 pm UTC
Brevard airmen experience unique African deploymentFlorida TodayIt could be a civilian rescue, a humanitarian relief mission, an embassy evacuation or an anti-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia…

18 August 2014 @ 1:54 pm UTC
Make sure your security strategy protects against shifting tactics, a snowballing number of incidents and increasing levels of violence. The constantly shifting ……

18 August 2014 @ 6:59 am UTC
Piracy in the Somali water is a grave concern for several countries around the world and also for the shipping industry. But what is the reason behind this hideous acts?…

18 August 2014 @ 1:23 am UTC
Editor’s Note: In the first week of April, Somali pirates raided an American-flagged ship in the Indian Ocean and took the captain hostage. It was only one of several ……

18 August 2014 @ 12:11 am UTC
Words to Avoid (or Use with Care) Because They Are Loaded or Confusing. There are a number of words and phrases that we recommend avoiding, or avoiding in certain ……

17 August 2014 @ 9:41 pm UTC
Click to read Part 1 of this Post: 10 Anti-Piracy Weapons For Use In Somalia – Part 1. In light of the recent piracy news from Somalia we thought it best to bring ……

17 August 2014 @ 6:56 pm UTC
Somalia – Simple solutions to complex problems – like pirates in Somalia – are rare, but that hasn’t stopped “pirate experts” from proposing plans ……

17 August 2014 @ 4:26 pm UTC
ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) is the anti-crime arm of the International Chamber of Commerce. Based in London, CCS is a membership organisation tasked with ……

17 August 2014 @ 4:05 pm 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….

17 August 2014 @ 4:05 pm 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….

17 August 2014 @ 3:29 pm UTC
10 Facts on Piracy in Somalia. The incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia have received worldwide attention in recent years. Prior to 2005, piracy in this area ……

17 August 2014 @ 11:54 am UTC
Disclaimer: Although every possible effort is made to ensure the accuracy of our services we accept no responsibility for any kind of use made of any kind of data and ……

17 August 2014 @ 9:09 am UTC
Fighting piracy is a vital element of the United States’ strategic objectives in Somalia, which are to help this stressed nation to regain stability, eliminate ……

17 August 2014 @ 6:25 am UTC
Piracy off the Horn of Africa. Congressional Research Service Report for Congress. Lauren Ploch Analyst in African Affairs. Christopher M. Blanchard…

16 August 2014 @ 12:45 pm UTC
Pirates flee from the German navy as the frigate Rheinland-Pfalz intercepted them in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s coast on March 3, 2009. The German navy detained ……

16 August 2014 @ 12:24 pm UTC
News IMB warns of West Africa piracy threat Details Friday, 07 March 2014 15:36 The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is asking ships to be extra vigilant when ……

16 August 2014 @ 4:10 am UTC
Information on piracy as well as tips on how to protect yourself against it….

11 August 2014 @ 5:05 pm UTC
VICE NewsWhat the World's Largest Naval Exercise Reveals About Modern-Day WarfareVICE NewsNo two countries use the same exact tactics, but we find out, as we operate, that the tactics are all pre…

10 August 2014 @ 5:16 am UTC
The Maritime ExecutiveProduct Tanker Ambushed in Gulf of GuineaThe Maritime ExecutiveInitiation of anti-piracy drills and the retreat of the crew to the shelter of the vessel's interior ensured t…

29 July 2014 @ 6:46 pm UTC
The Maritime Executive"Piracy Hotspot is Shifting"The Maritime ExecutiveProper maritime safety tactics affect not only the safety on board, which is ensured with technical regulations, train…

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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