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11 August 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 20:24 GMT+2

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Pirate attacks on ships

In the second quarter of this year, there were 51 Accidents

In the second quarter of this year, there were 51 pirate attacks on ships, an increase of 27% compared to the same period of 2019 which follows the increase of 24% incidents in the first quarter of 2020. In the period April-June this year there were 44 ships boarded by the pirates, four ships were the subject of an attempted attack and gunshots were fired at two ships. A ship is 32 seafarers were kidnapped and 32 were abducted taken hostage 21. In addition, four seafarers were injured during the incidents and ten others were threatened or Attacked. Of the 51 ships involved in the accidents, 15 were tanker, 14 bulk carriers, nine container carriers and 13 other ships Type.

The International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) International Chamber of Commerce (ICS) has announced that in the first half of 2020 there were a total of 98 attacks, up by 26% on the first half of last year, 36 attacks on tankers (36 in the first six months of the year) 21 against the back -and 20, 17 against the contermarkers (9) and 24 against other ships (13). Boarded ships are 81 (57 in the first half of 2019), those subject to a attempted assault 10 (9), and those subjected to gunshots 6 (9), while a ship was seized (3). have been 23 seafarers (38) and 54 others were abducted (37). Six seafarers were injured (2) and 10 were threatened or assaulted (4).

The IMB highlighted that the growing threat of piracy adds to the difficulties already faced by hundreds of thousands of seafarers working beyond their periods contractual arrangements due to restrictions on changing crews and international travel caused by the Covid-19 pandemic: "the violence against the crews - pointed out the director IMB Michael Howlett - is a growing risk in a workforce that's already under pressure Immense. In the Gulf of Guinea, attackers armed with knives and Guns now target crews on every type of ship. Everyone, Howlett warned, is vulnerable." The IMB emphasised the particular danger of the area of the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa, where it occurs more than 90% of the total abduction of seafarers. "We have to - noted Howelett - change the relationship between risk and profit for pirates operating in the Gulf of Guinea. Without a adequate and proportionate deterrent - he found - pirates and criminals will become more ruthless and more increasing the risk to seafarers.'

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