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Fewer violent assaults on ships in 2013

According to security agency Aburgus 2013 brought a reduced number of violent assaults on ships, and the number of reported assaults - successful or not - has decreased to the lowest level since 2007.

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The shipping industry did not suffer as much from violent assaults in 2013 as it has in the past, says security agency Aburgus in an analysis. The Christmas month brought the lowest amount of reported crime against ships, while figures from the IMO show that the number of reported assaults, successful or not, decreased to the lowest level since 2007, according to the Financial Times.

In 2007 more than 40 percent of the assaults took place off the east coast of Africa and in the Bay of Guinea, but this has changed in the time since, particularly as the result of the industry's adoption of procedures of training seafarers, locking down ships, and carrying armed guards on board the ships, measures that have become the norm. The reduced activity, however, does in no case mean that the problem with piracy and violent assaults has disappeared, and even though some reports, according to security agency Aburgus, state that there were zero attacks off the coast of Somalia last year, this is not the case:

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