IMB report: Maritime piracy doubled in first half of 2009!
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reported on Wednesday that pirate attacks around the globe have doubled in the first half of 2009. The bulk of the upsurge has come from increased activity in the Gulf of Aden and Somali coastal waters, where 130 incidents occurred since January. The report attributes a lull in activity in June to poor weather conditions and said that “vigilance should nevertheless remain high during this period.” IMB Director Pottengal Mukundan urged a continued reporting effort in Nigeria, where there were 13 reported and 24 unreported attacks in the second quarter of 2009, mainly “against vessels supporting the oil industry.” Incidents in Southeast Asia showed a two-fold increase between the first and second quarter, which Mukundan said was a “clear indication that piracy and robbery … has the potential to escalate.” Overall, the IMB says that “78 vessels were boarded worldwide, 75 vessels fired upon and 31 vessels hijacked with some 561 crew taken hostage, 19 injured, seven kidnapped, six killed and eight missing.”
The map below shows all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported by the IMB Piracy Reporting Center during 2009. If exact coordinates are not provided, estimated positions are shown based on information provided.
Source: Click here to fin the interactive version of the Piracy Map.