Piracy declined but crew kidnappings almost doubled in Q1, says IMB



There was a decline in piracy globally in the first three months of 2021, with 38 incidents compared to 47 in the same period last year, but violence against crew is on the rise with 40 crew kidnapped compared to 22 last year, according to latest figures from IMB. Gulf of Guinea accounted for nearly half (43%) of all reported piracy incidents in Q1 2021.

IMB Piracy Report Q1 2021
IMB’s latest global piracy report records 38 incidents since the start of 2021 – compared with 47 incidents during the same period last year. In the first three months of 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 33 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon, and one vessel hijacked.

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Philippine Government Aids Effort to Free Kidnapped Tanker Crew




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MT Davide B was boarded and 15 crew kidnapped on March 11 (De Poli Shipmanagement)

BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE 03-18-2021 04:58:51

The Philippines government announced that it is getting involved to help secure the release of the kidnapped seafarers that were taken a week ago from De Poli’s chemical tanker MT Davide B approximately 220 nautical miles south of Lagos, Nigeria. The government’s efforts came as the shipowner announced that they had made contact with the crew and that they were all safe.

“Families have been informed and the efforts are underway to secure the crew members’ safe release,” said Ivy Banzon-Abalos, the Executive Director for Strategic Communications at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs. According to the Philippine authorities, four Filipino crew members were

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Los narcos mantienen a Canarias como puerto de escala de la cocaína de Brasil




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La Guardia Civil halla 387 kilos de droga en un barco en Tenerife, que se suma a otras cuatro intervenciones en Las Palmas | La carga parte de la ciudad del futbolista Pelé


La cocaína hallada en maletas, dentro de un barco que salió de Brasil y atracó en el puerto de Tenerife. | | LP/DLP

La cocaína brasileña que busca un hueco en mercado negro europeo continúa teniendo a Canarias como puerto de paso. En menos de un año se han hallado en cinco grandes intervenciones 1.848 kilos de esta droga, en su mayor parte mezclada entre productos como café y millo. La última operación que acaba de llevar a cabo la Guardia Civil y

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Maersk calls for military action over surge in piracy off West Africa

A Maersk container ship travels along the English Channel, January 15 2021. Picture: REUTERS/JOHN SIBLEY

Lagos — The world’s biggest shipping company demanded a more effective military response to surging pirate attacks and record kidnappings off the coast of West Africa.


The number of attacks on vessels globally jumped 20% in 2020 to 195, with 135 crew kidnapped, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB’s) piracy reporting centre said in a January 13 report. The Gulf of Guinea accounted for 95% of hostages taken in 22 separate instances, and all three of the hijackings that occurred, the agency said.

The attacks have pushed up insurance and other costs for shippers operating off West Africa, with some resorting to hiring escort vessels manned by

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