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Acts of piracy against ships fall further sharply

In the first six months of this year, 58 were verified (-15%) and in the second quarter alone 21 (-30%)

Never so few in recent decades, at least since the first mid-1994 when notification of acts of piracy against ships at the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The minimum number was achieved in the first half of this year, in which only 58 accidents occurred compared to 68 in the first six months of 2021. Particularly consistent was the reduction of accidents occurring in the second quarter alone of 2022, a period in which 21 acts of piracy compared to 30 in the period April-June last year.

The IMB has announced that in the first six months of 2022 they were registered 55 boardings to ships (61 in the first half of the 2021), two attempted attack (4) and one ship was hijacked (1). With regard to the consequences of these acts criminal on the members of the crews of the ships, if in the first half-year of this year there were no kidnappings of seafarers, while 50 had been kidnapped in the first half of 2021; however, 23 were taken hostage, compared to three in the first six months of last year, and five were subject to threats (3).

Of the 58 accidents in total, 12 occurred in the Gulf of Guinea. Particularly at risk continues to be the area of the Strait of Singapore where more has been recorded of 25% of all incidents, with pirates managing to board ships during all 16 accidents Reported. In the waters of the Indonesian archipelago there has been a slight increase in accidents with seven occurring in the first six months of 2022 compared to five in the same period of last year. The IMB also specified that if in the first half this year there were no accidents in gulf waters of Aden, however in the region the threat of piracy is still present with the Somali pirates who continue to have the ability to conduct attacks.

As for the type of ships subject to attacks, in the first six months of 2022 30 bulk carriers were attacked (20 in the first mid-2021), 18 tankers (17), five container ships (17) and five other ships (14%).

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