IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
Before 1992, shipmasters and ship operators had nowhere to turn when their ships were attacked, robbed or hijacked either in port or at sea. Local law enforcement often chose to ignore there was a serious problem in their waters.
Faced with an escalating level of piracy, the International Maritime Bureau decided to provide a free 24-hour service to the seafarer and established the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The PRC is the first point of contact for shipmasters to report an actual or attempted attack, or even suspicious movements, thus initiating a response process.
The main aim of the PRC is to raise awareness within the shipping industry – which includes shipmasters, ship owners, insurance companies and traders – of high-risk areas for piratical attacks and specific ports and anchorages associated with armed robberies on board ships.
The PRC works closely with various governments and law enforcement agencies and shares information in order to reduce and ultimately eradicate such crime.
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre is funded by voluntary contributions. Without these contributions the PRC could not function. If you feel the work of the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre is important to the continued struggle against piracy and armed robbery worldwide, please donate generously. Substantial donations are posted on the website as well as acknowledged in IMB quarterly and annual piracy and armed robbery reports.