Monthly Piracy Report for May 2015

For the month of May 2015 the majority of the incidents occurred in the Malacca Strait where 12 incidents of maritime piracy and/or armed robbery took place involving various types of vessels. In South China Sea 5 incidents occurred with 3 dry cargo vessels and 2 product tankers. In West Africa 3 incidents were reported, the same figure with Indian Ocean. It is worth noting that no incident was reported in the East African area.

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Monthly Piracy Report for April 2014

On 29 April 2014 two armed pirates attacked the product tanker, SP Brussels approximately?35nm West of Bayelsa Province, unfortunately this attack resulted in the death of the Chief Engineer and?injuries to the Third Officer. Two product tankers were hijacked in April 2014 in the Malacca/Singapore Straits. In both the?attacks the pirates were heavily armed. Five incidents were reported in April 2014 at Pulau Bitan, Indonesia. Several attacks took place in the Singapore Straits in 2013?and 2014.?Finally the EU NAVFOR warship, FGS Brandenburg managed to intercept a dhow in the Gulf of Aden on 26?April 2014.

  • Arabian Sea: 1
  • East Africa: 2
  • Malacca Strait: 7
  • South America: 1
  • South China Sea: 5
  • West Africa: 3
  • Indian Ocean: 3

2014.05.26 - Monthly Piracy Report for April 2014 Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report for March 2014

Incidents off the West African coast are currently slightly higher than in Southeast Asia, a position last held by West Africa in 2008, the year in which a total of 39 crew members were kidnapped for ransom off various vessels mostly in the oil industry in Nigeria. Up until the date this report is being published the areas of maritime piracy related incidents worldwide are as follows:

  • East Africa: 2
  • Malacca Strait: 7
  • South China Sea: 1
  • West Africa: 4
  • Indian Ocean: 2
  • Persian Gulf: 1

2014.04.18 - Monthly Piracy Report for March 2014 Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report for February 2014

Incidents off the West African coast are currently slightly higher than in Southeast Asia, a position last held by West Africa in 2008, the year in which a total of 39 crew members were kidnapped for ransom off various vessels mostly in the oil industry in Nigeria.?Up until the date this report is being published the areas of maritime piracy related incidents worldwide are as follows:

  • Arabian Sea: 1
  • East Africa: 2
  • Malacca Strait: 2
  • South China Sea: 5
  • West Africa: 5
  • Indian Ocean: 4

2014.03.21 - Monthly Piracy Report for February 2014 Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report for January 2014

During January 2014 piracy activity increased in West Africa with the Oil Tanker Kerala hijacking taking place as far south as Luanda, Angola. From the four kidnappings that were reported during last month, the three of them took place in Nigeria while one occurred in Equatorial Guinea. On the other hand attacks (mostly robberies) in Southeast Asia were down in January 2014 from December 2013.?Up until the date this report is being published the areas of maritime piracy related incidents worldwide are as follows:

  • Arabian Sea: 1
  • East Africa: 1
  • South China Sea: 8
  • West Africa: 3

2014.02.25 - Monthly Piracy Report for January 2014 Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report for December 2013

On a monthly basis the Officer of the Watch Blog publishes a report regarding maritime piracy incidents. The report focuses mainly on vessels of the Merchant Navy (Bulk Carrier, Chemical Tankers, Containerships etc). Up until the date this report is being published the areas of maritime piracy related incidents worldwide are as follows:

  • Arabian Sea: 1
  • East Africa: 3
  • Malacca Strait: 3
  • North Atlantic Ocean: 1
  • South America: 2
  • South China Sea: 11
  • West Africa: 4

2014.01.22 - Monthly Piracy Report for December 2013 Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report for November 2013

On a monthly basis the Officer of the Watch Blog publishes a report regarding maritime piracy incidents. The report focuses mainly on vessels of the Merchant Navy (Bulk Carrier, Chemical Tankers, Containerships etc). Up until the date this report is being published the figures of maritime piracy related incidents worldwide, according to IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, are as follows:

  • Total Incidents Worldwide:?234
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide:?12
  • Somali related Incidents:?13
  • Nigeria related Incidents:?30

2013.12.24 - Monthly Piracy Report for November 2013 Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report for October 2013

On a monthly basis the Officer of the Watch Blog publishes a report regarding maritime piracy incidents. The report focuses mainly on vessels of the Merchant Navy (Bulk Carrier, Chemical Tankers, Containerships etc). Up until the date this report is being published the figures of maritime piracy related incidents worldwide, according to IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, are as follows:

  • Total Incidents Worldwide:?206
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide:?11
  • Somali related Incidents:?11
  • Nigeria related Incidents:?30

The above figures were last updated up until the last week of October 2013. A PDF version of this post is also available by clicking the following link in order to download?OOW Piracy Monthly Report for September 2013. The PDF version of this report can be also found in the?OOW profile in Scribd?by clicking?HERE.

2013.11.28 - Monthly Piracy Report for October 2013 Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report for September 2013

On a monthly basis the Officer of the Watch Blog publishes a report regarding maritime piracy incidents. The report focuses mainly on vessels of the Merchant Navy (Bulk Carrier, Chemical Tankers, Containerships etc). Up until the date this report is being published the figures of maritime piracy related incidents worldwide, according to IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, are as follows:

  • Total Incidents Worldwide:?206
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide:?11
  • Somali related Incidents:?11
  • Nigeria related Incidents:?30

The above figures were last updated on 22 October 2013. A PDF version of this post is also available by clicking the following link in order to download OOW Piracy Monthly Report for September 2013. The PDF version of this report can be also found in the OOW profile in Scribd by clicking HERE.

2013.10.22 - Monthly Piracy Report for September 2013 Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report August 2013

On a monthly basis the Officer of the Watch Blog publishes a report regarding maritime piracy incidents.?The report focuses mainly in vessels of the Merchant Navy (Bulk Carrier, Chemical Tankers, Containerships etc).?Up until the date this report is being published the figures of maritime piracy related incidents worldwide is as follows:

  • Total Incidents Worldwide:?176
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide:?10
  • Somali related Incidents:?10
  • Vessels held by Somali Pirates:?4
  • Hostages held by Somali Pirates:?57
  • Nigeria related Incidents:?28

A PDF version of this post is also available by clicking the following link in order to download?OOW Piracy Monthly Report for August 2013. The PDF version of this report can be also found in the?OOW profile in Scribd?by clicking?HERE.

2013.09.05 - Monthly Piracy Report August 2013 Figure 1

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