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The first quarter of 2019 was unexpectedly favorable in terms of the safety of world navigation. Compared to the same period last year, significantly fewer piracy incidents were recorded.
According to a report issued by the International Chamber of Commerce, which is part of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), in the first quarter of this year, 38 incidents of piracy were reported at sea. This is 28 incidents (or 42.4%) less than in the same period in 2018.
IMB reports that in the first three months of this year, 27 ships survived the landing of pirates, seven ships were shot at, four more attacks were stopped at the very beginning. No vessel was seized – for the first time since 1994.
“This statistic is inspiring. However, the first quarter is too short a period to be able to speak confidently about the emerging trend, ”notes IMB Director Pottengal Mukundan.
Anyway, the Gulf of Guinea remains among the leaders in pirate attacks in 2019 – 22 incidents in the first three months of 2019. The region also holds absolute leadership in the number of abductions of seafarers – 21 people were abducted during five attacks.
If we talk specifically about the countries where the pirates come from, then it is Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo.
Source: Maritime News of Russia