Piracy news and figures

The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization funded purely on voluntary contributions.

The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre is the world’s only manned centre receiving and disseminating reports of piracy and armed robbery 24 hours a day, across the globe. As part of the ICC, it is an independent body set up to monitor attacks, free of political interference. IMB strongly urges shipmasters and owners to report all actual, attempted, and suspicious piracy and armed robbery incidents to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre. Transparent statistics from an independent, non-political organization is vital to raising awareness and encouraging authorities to allocate resources to tackle piracy and armed robbery firmly.

Please give due credit for all figures and information taken from this section of our website to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Please see below figures for piracy and armed robbery incidents as reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre in 2012

Worldwide Incidents: updated on 24 Sept 2012
Total Attacks Worldwide: 225
Total Hijackings Worldwide: 24

Incidents Reported for Somalia:
Total Incidents: 70
Total Hijackings:13
Total Hostages: 212

Current vessels held by Somali pirates:Vessels: 11 Hostages: 188.

For more information please contact the IMB on +44 (0) 20 7423 6961

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