Piracy down but kidnapping persists – IMB
8 Apr 2019 - by Chanté Ho Hip
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported fewer piracy incidents and armed robberies against ships for the first quarter of 2019 but kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea persist.
In a report released today, the IMB revealed 38 incidents for the first quarter of 2019, 28 fewer than the first quarter of 2018.
27 vessels were boarded, seven were fired upon and there were four attacks in the first quarter of 2019.
No vessel hijackings were reported for the first time since 1994.
The Gulf of Guinea, however, accounted for all of the worldwide crew kidnappings for the first quarter – 21 crew members were kidnapped across five separate incidents.
According to the IMB, data sharing remains critical to improve incident response times and promote optimal advice to vessels.
“It is critical to continue to build more effective reporting structures to enable a strong, unified response when dealing with piracy incidents,” said IMB director Pottengal Mukundan.