vesselsThe International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has released its Global Piracy Report, which details the 68 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the sea, in the first six months of 2021. While the provided data signifies the fact that the level of piracy is the lowest in the previous 27 years but the International Maritime Bureau warns the maritime community against complacency especially in the areas like the Gulf of Guinea which continues to pose the highest threat in piracy.
Among the 68 reported incidents, International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) deported 61 vessel boarded, four attempted attacks, two vessels attacked through ammunition and one hijacking. Though piracy and armed robbery has decreased the condition of the crew of the ships remains the same. IMB has reported 50 crew kidnapped two attacked one badly injured an one deceased, throughout the first six months of the year 2021.
In the report it is clearly mentioned that gulf of Guinea continues to be the most dangerous region for the seafarers, accounting for more than 32% of the reported incidents in the first six months of 2021. The single fatality reported, is also from this same region that is the Gulf of Guinea. The IMB warned in the report that the fishing vessels have been hijacked and are being used as mother ships to target the sea going merchant vessels.
According to Michael Howlett, the Director at IMB, the reporting of all the incidents by the seafarers and maritime community, maintains pressure on the pirates and at the same time will bring together the response authorities to take initiatives like Nigeria’s deep blue project.
In the other regions, the Singapore straits recorded 16 incidents which is five more than what was in the same period of 2020. The IMB also reported that the attacks were not as severe but seven of the incidents encountered the pirates with knives. Also in three different incidents the crew reported to be either attacked or severely injured.
ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO also supported the awareness spread by the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC).