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Piracy against merchant vessels falls to lowest level since 1994

The number of pirate attacks against the global merchant fleet dropped in the first half of the year to the lowest level in 27 years. The violence committed by pirates remains a threat to seafarers however, and the Gulf of Guinea is still hard hit by pirate activity.

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Pirate activity against the world's merchant vessels has declined in the first half of 2021 to the lowest number of pirate attacks since 1994, according to a report from International Maritime Bureau (IMB) under the organization International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

IMB registered 68 pirate attacks and armed robberies against the global merchant fleet in the first six months of the year against 98 incidents in the same period last year. During the 68 pirate attacks in the first half of 2021, 61 vessels were boarded, four were attempted attacked, two vessels were shot at while one ship was hijacked.

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