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The International Maritime Organization has recently issued MSC.4/Circ.245, which provides a summary of acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships occurring between 1 January and 31 December 2016.

According to the Circular, the number of acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships which were reported to the Organization to have occurred or to have been attempted in 2016 is 221, a 27% decrease from the 303 reported in 2015.

The areas most affected by acts and attempted acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships in 2016, were as follows:
• South China Sea (68 in total);
• West Africa (62 in total);
• Western Indian Ocean (Arabian Sea, East Africa, the Persian Gulf and the wider Indian Ocean) (35 in total);
• South America Pacific and the Caribbean* (25 in total);
• Straits of Malacca and Singapore (21 in total);
• Yellow Sea (7 in total);
• North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean (3 in total);
• No incidents reported in the Mediterranean Sea in 2016.

The number of incidents attributed to Somalia-based pirates (Arabian Sea) has increased to 21 from 15 in 2015. No ships were reported to have been successfully boarded and hijacked by Somali pirates in 2016.

While the total number of incidents was reduced, the number of incidents that took place in the Gulf of Guinea (West Africa) increased. The 62 reports made to the Organization in 2016 represent a 77% increase from the 35 incidents reported in 2015. Thirty-three of the 62 incidents (89%) (attempted and successful)reported in that region occurred in international waters, an increase from 10 incidents in 2015. In one case the ship had reportedly been hijacked.

The number of reported acts of piracy and armed robbery in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore has fallen by 84% to 21, from 134 incidents reported in 2015. The number of incidents that took place in the South China Sea remains high, with 68 reports made to the Organization in 2016, but is a decrease from the 81 incidents reported in 2015, and includes incidents that occurred in the waters off the Philippines and Indonesia. Incidents in the area of the Sulu – Celebes Sea (waters between Philippines and Malaysia) have increased from 2 attempted cases to 16 cases, involving attempted and successful boarding, hijacking and kidnapping in 2016.

The number of reported acts of piracy and armed robbery in the South American Pacific and the Caribbean increased to 25 incidents, compared with 5 reported incidents in 2015.

No incidents were reported for the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, while two were reported in 2015. Three incidents occurred in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Incidents occurring in international waters worldwide were reported to have increased from 36 cases in 2015 to 58 cases in 2016, largely due to pirate activity in the Gulf of Guinea region in West Africa, and in the Sulu – Celebes Sea in the South China Sea. Furthermore, in 79 (36%) of the 221 reports received, the crews were violently attacked by groups of one to four people. Those groups reportedly carried knives or guns in 26 (33%) of those 79 incidents.

The data reveals that during the period, about 98 crew members were reportedly taken hostage/kidnapped. This was an increase from 71 crew members reported in 2015. In 35 of the cases reported during 2016, the crew members suffered actual violence. Worldwide, 3 ships were reportedly hijacked, as compared to 5 in 2015.

The total number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported to IMO as having occurred or having been attempted from 1984 to the end of December 2016 has risen to 7,567.

To view MSC.4/Circ.245, double-click on the below:
http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Security/PiracyArmedRobbery/Reports/Documents/245%20Annual%202016.pdf

31.05.2017.

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