IMB: Piracy Incidents Fall But Kidnapping Threat Persists in Gulf of Guinea
Fewer events of piracy as well as heist mixed-up were reported in the very first 3 months of 2019, yet danger of kidnappings remain to posture a danger to deliver as well as teams in the Gulf of Guinea, the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre stated in its very first comprehensive quarterly record of the year.
In the very first quarter of 2019, IMB reported 38 events of piracy as well as heist mixed-up, standing for 28 less events than the very first quarter of 2018 (66 ). IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre outlined that 27 vessels were boarded, 7 vessels were bombarded as well as 4 tried strikes took place in the very first quarter of 2019.
No vessels were reported as pirated for the very first time considering that the very first quarter of 1994, the IMB stated.
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre is a 24-hour, cost-free solution used by the IMB, a company of the International Chamber ofCommerce The company makes it possible for shipmasters to report any type of events of piracy as well as heist, worldwide versus ships.
“These latest statistics from the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre are encouraging. However, first quarter statistics is too short a period on which to anticipate trends over the year,” stated IMBDirector Pottengal Mukundan “It confirms the importance of information sharing and coordinated action between the industry and response agencies. Going forward, it is critical to continue to build more effective reporting structures to enable a strong, unified response when dealing with piracy incidents.”
Gulf of Guinea Risk
The Gulf of Guinea stood for a high variety of piracy as well as heist strikes versus ships, with 22 events reported in the very first quarter of 2019. The area likewise made up every one of the globally team kidnappings as 21 team participants were abducted throughout 5 different events.
Incidents were reported in the seaside nations, of Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria as well as Togo in the very first quarter of 2019.
Continued Caution Urged in Nigeria
Nigeria has actually been a hotspot for piracy events over the previous years, yet in the very first quarter of 2019, Nigeria experienced a decline in reported piracy events, the IMB record revealed. Nigeria reported 14 events of piracy for Q1 2019, in contrast to 22 events in Q1 2018. These results validate the Nigerian Navy’s enhanced initiatives to “actively respond to reported incidents by dispatching patrol boats,” the record notes.
Despite these initiatives, Nigerian waters continue to be high-risk for vessels, particularly the port of Lagos where 4 events have actually been reported, the IMB stated.
In Asia, Indonesia saw a decline in piracy tasks for the very first quarter of 2019. There were just 3 events reported versus secured vessels in ports in Indonesia– the least reported events considering that 2010– according to the record. As with Nigeria, enhanced teamwork as well as info sharing in between the Indonesian Marine Police as well as IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has actually made it possible for normal patrols in risky locations.
The IMB connects the decreasing price of piracy events worldwide in the very first quarter of 2019 to the value of openness, interaction as well as control in between vessels as well as seaside authorities.
“By reporting all incidents to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and coastal authorities the response can be better organised improving incident response times and prompt advice to vessels aimed at a more optimal use of resources. National governments and coastal authorities can use this data to collaborate and strengthen their piracy prevention efforts,” the IMB stated.
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