The Worldwide Maritime Bureau (IMB) recorded 12 incidents in opposition to ships within the Gulf of Guinea within the first half of 2022, even because it acquired the bottom variety of reported piracy incidents throughout the globe in 28 years.
The newest report from IMB covers January to June 2022 and recorded 58 incidents of piracy in opposition to ships, down from 68 incidents in the identical interval of 2021. The incidents break all the way down to 55 boardings, two tried assaults and one hijack.
IMB stated the 12 incidents reported within the Gulf of Guinea within the first half of the yr embrace 10 armed robberies and two piracy.
Whereas the general variety of incidents fell, IMB warned in opposition to complacency as such a excessive proportion of incidents resulted in boardings.
Though there have been no crew kidnappings within the first half of 2022, 28 crews have been impacted by assaults, together with 23 crew taken hostage and 5 crew threatened.
30 bulkers have been focused within the interval, together with 18 tankers, 5 container ships and 5 different ships. 32 of the ships have been anchored, 19 have been steaming and 7 have been berthed when attacked.
IMB highlighted one incident the place a panamax bulk service was boarded 260 nautical miles off Ghana; IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) alerted authorities and navies within the area, resulting in the intervention of an Italian Navy warship and its helicopter.
“IMB PRC commends the immediate and optimistic actions of the Italian Navy which undoubtedly resulted within the crew and ship being saved. It urges the Coastal response companies and impartial worldwide navies to proceed their efforts to make sure this crime is completely addressed in these waters which account for 74% of crew taken hostage globally,” IMB stated in its half yr report.
There have been no reported incidents within the Gulf of Aden, which incorporates the once-infamous Somali coast. IMB warned that Somali pirates nonetheless have the capability to launch assaults and urged ships transiting the realm to stick to the recommendation of Finest Administration Follow (BMP), a information to vessel hardening and operation in high-risk areas.
Piracy stays a menace within the Singapore Strait, the place all 16 reported incidents resulted in profitable boardings, accounting for over 1 / 4 of incidents globally within the first half of the yr.
“Whereas thought of low stage opportunistic crimes, crews proceed to be in danger with weapons reported in at the very least six incidents,” stated the report.
“Not solely is that this excellent news for the seafarers and the delivery business it’s optimistic information for commerce which promotes financial development. However the areas of threat shift and the delivery group should stay vigilant. We encourage governments and responding authorities to proceed their patrols which create a deterrent impact,” IMB Director Michael Howlett stated.