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Piracy against small tankers a growing threat

Attacks against smaller tanker vessels in Southeast Asia has become a growing threat, according to a biannual report published by the International Maritime Bureau - IMB.

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The International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) division has performed a survey of the number of pirate attacks in the first half of the year. It turns out that the highest number of attacks, especially on smaller tanker vessels, took place in Southeast Asia, with a total of 166 attacks. And the IMB is worried about this development.

“The recent increase in the number of successful hijackings is a cause for concern. These serious attacks have so far targeted small coastal tankers. We advise these vessels to maintain strict anti-piracy measures in these waters, and to report all attacks and suspicious approaches by small craft,” says IMB Director Pottengal Mukundan in a statement accompanying the report.

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