Report details decline in piracy in 2012

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Piracy on the world's seas reached a five-year low last year, with 297 ships attacked, compared with 439 in 2011, according to a global piracy report by the International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau.

Worldwide figures fell because of a huge reduction in Somali piracy, although East and West Africa remain the worst-hit areas with 150 attacks in 2012.

Globally, 174 ships were boarded by pirates last year, 28 were hijacked and 28 were fired upon. The bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center also recorded 67 attempted attacks. The number of people taken hostage on board fell to 585 from 802 in 2011. An additional 26 were kidnapped for ransom in Nigeria. Six crewmembers were killed and 32 were injured or assaulted.

“IMB’s piracy figures show a welcome reduction in hijackings and attacks to ships. But crews must remain vigilant, particularly in the highly dangerous waters off East and West Africa,” bureau director Capt. Pottengal Mukundan said in a statement.

The bureau, which has monitored piracy worldwide since 1991, offers the latest piracy reports free. To request a PDF version of the report by email, visit the ICC IMB Piracy Centre. The latest attacks also can be seen on the IMB Live Piracy Map.

Click here for the full report summary.

More significantly for recreational cruisers, the report reveals that for the first time in many years no attacks by pirates on private yachts were reported anywhere in the world. Nine yachts were attacked in 2008, six in 2009, one in 2010 and four in 2011.

“Either the pirates have finally realized yachts are measly pickings or the campaign to prevent yachts from sailing in dangerous areas has worked, and maybe a bit of both,” said a report on the findings by Sail-World.com.

Click here for that report.

Related

Patrick Industries Acquires Taco Metals

The components manufacturer had been family-owned for 60 years.

Consumers Say E15 Warning Labels Are Ineffective

A new poll shows that current branding efforts do not adequately warn consumers to the risk and legality of using the blended fuel with certain engines.

Silent-Yachts’ New Project

The Austrian solar yacht outfit will use VW’s electric drive system on a vessel to be drawn by Spanish car brand Cupra.

Industry Mourns Christopher Ramirez

A regional sales manager at Garmin, Ramirez died suddenly at age 35 last month.

Quick Hits: December 1, 2020

Freedom Boat Club announces 250th location; ShoreMaster/Hydrohoist acquires Neptune Boat Lifts; MarineMax names brand manager; and Arkansas scientists study fishing license increase.

Our Great Lakes Are Battered and Need Help

The eight-state region that accounts for one-third of annual boat sales has seen unprecedented damage from high waters. A bipartisan legislative effort looks to protect the region and its small businesses.

Boat Demand Remains Strong, But Inventory Shortages Prevail

Dealers worry that the absence of new boats is driving up prices.

Electric Boat Company Completes IPO Process

Canada-based e-mobility outfit Vision Marine raises $27.6 million to reinvest in its line of electric vessels and 180-hp, E-Motion outboard.