Piracy watchdog warns against the Gulf of Guinea

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is concerned about the developments of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, writes IMB in a piracy report for the first half of 2013.

Photo: Harry J. Storms, AP

The number of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia continued its decline in the first half of 2013 and has now reached its lowest level since 2006, according to a report from the International Maritime Bureau, which will now focus on piracy and robbery off the coast of West Africa.

During the first six months of 2013, IMB registered 138 pirate incidents globally, compared to 177 cases in the same period last year. Seven ships were hijacked in the first half of 2013 versus 20 ships during the first half of 2012. And the number of mariners held captive also declined significantly in 2013, down to 127 mariners this year, compared to 334 mariners in the same period last year.

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