Piracy incidents spike in first half of 2015

2015-07-22 19:02
(<a href=www.shutterstock.com>Shutterstock</a>)


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kuala Lumpur - Piracy spiked in the first half of 2015 despite no incident being reported off the coast of Somalia, an international watch group said on Wednesday.

A total of 134 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported from January to June this year, higher than the 116 incidents reported for the same period last year, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Reporting Centre said.

Most of the piracy incidents occurred in the South-East Asian waters, with 92 incidents reported, the agency said.

"Pirates managed to board 106 vessels and were responsible for 13 hijackings and 15 attempted attacks worldwide," the IMB said in a statement. "So far in 2015, 250 crew have been taken hostage, 14 assaulted, 10 kidnapped, nine injured and one killed."

Somalia used to be a hotbed of piracy. The problem was contained a few years ago after navies from several countries began patrolling Somali waters.

Read more on:    imb  |  somalia  |  maritime

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.