IMB publishes its Annual Report of all Piracy and Armed Robbery Incidents against Ships

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC/IMB) has published its Annual Report of all Piracy and Armed Robbery Incidents against Ships from 1 January – 31 December 2005.   

Based on all reported incidents, two-thirds of the total reported incidents, 208 from a total of 276 reported attacks in 2005, are from the following nine locations: 

 

Incidents

%

Indonesia       

79

28.6

Somalia

35

12.7

Bangladesh

21

  7.6

Nigeria

16

  5.8

India

15

  5.4

Malacca Straits

12

  4.3

Vietnam

10

  3.6

Iraq

10

  3.6

Gulf of Aden / Red Sea

10

  3.6

Total

208 Incidents

75.2 %

 

Twenty-five per cent of the ships attacked in the 276 incidents were tankers, which is at the same percentage as the previous year. 

There was a sharp rise in crews being taken hostage, from 37 % or 148 in the previous year to 86 % or 440 crews in 2005, the incidents occurring in Somalia, Indonesia and Nigeria.  No seafarer casualties were reported, but 12 remain missing.  The number of hijackings increased to 23, the highest since 2002. 

Overall, the total number of worldwide reported attacks dropped to 276 compared to 329 in 2004.  According to the IMB, “this drop is believed to be attributed to the increased awareness and anti-piracy watches by masters in risk prone areas, increase in law enforcement patrols and international pressure on some governments to act.  Worldwide attention on piracy and armed robbery against ships has also contributed to the regional law enforcement agencies to be more serious in dealing with this menace.” 

IMB stresses that many actual and attempted cases still go unreported. The IMB 24 Hours Anti-Piracy HELPLINE is:  +60 3 2031 0014. 

Contact: Minerva R. Alfonso