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ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Latest Data

Updated on 16 September 2014. Source: ICC

163

Worldwide incidents

16/0

Somali related incidents

Sixteen reported incidents but no hi-jackings

170 / 12

Current crew / vessels held by Somali pirates

33

West Africa related incidents

33 reported incidents including four 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.

19 October 2014 @ 10:14 pm 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 ……

19 October 2014 @ 4:34 am UTC
Make sure your security strategy protects against shifting tactics, a snowballing number of incidents and increasing levels of violence. The constantly shifting ……

18 October 2014 @ 12:21 pm UTC
While piracy attacks seem to be on the decline off the coast of Somalia, pirates may be warming up in West Africa. As I and others have blogged about before, the Gulf ……

18 October 2014 @ 11:59 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….

17 October 2014 @ 10:23 pm UTC
Somalia Report is a 24/7 exclusive ground-based news premier network based inside Somalia covering piracy, conflict and breaking news….

10 October 2014 @ 8:09 pm UTC
The Maritime ExecutiveNon-Lethal Tactical Vessel Defense System to be LaunchedThe Maritime ExecutiveIt can communicate with wireless camera and sensor technology up to 5 km away, depending on the came…

30 September 2014 @ 8:21 am UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. "Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To reverse…

30 September 2014 @ 4:42 am UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. “Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To …

30 September 2014 @ 4:42 am UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. “Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To …

30 September 2014 @ 1:51 am UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. “Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To …

29 September 2014 @ 11:38 pm UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. “Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To …

29 September 2014 @ 8:32 am UTC
War on the RocksMaritime Mercenaries or Innovative Defense? Private Security & the Evolving …War on the RocksAs John J. Pitney, Jr. and I argue in our new book Private Anti-Piracy Navies: How Wa…

29 September 2014 @ 7:57 am UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. “Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To …

28 September 2014 @ 7:41 am UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. "Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To reverse…

28 September 2014 @ 4:56 am UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. “Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To …

27 September 2014 @ 1:10 pm UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. "Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To reverse…

25 September 2014 @ 9:34 pm UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. “Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To …

25 September 2014 @ 3:00 pm UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. "Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To reverse…

25 September 2014 @ 2:47 pm UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. “Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To …

25 September 2014 @ 9:15 am UTC
…and the Joint Shipping Initiative work to prevent the lure of piracy. "Somalia has one of the world’s highest rates of youth unemployment. Nearly 67% of young people are unemployed. To reverse…

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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