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ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Latest Data

Updated on 15 June 2013. Source: ICC


Worldwide incidents


Somali related incidents

Seven reported incidents including one hi-jacking

68 / 4

Current crew / vessels held by Somali pirates


Nigeria related incidents

22 reported incidents including one hijacking.

Latest News

Please note this is an automated service. We are not responsible for any of the news content on this page. We try our best to filter out spurious and irrelevant content but occasionally they do slip through. If you notice inappropriate content please let us know.

1 September 2014 @ 12:30 pm UTC
An Update on the Indian Navy: August 2014Second Line of DefenseThe Russian Navy was represented by guided-missile cruiser 'Varyag', destroyer 'Bystry', large landing craft 'Pe…

1 September 2014 @ 8:23 am UTC
A guide to Somalian pirates, including who they are, where and how do Somali pirates operate, and what can be done to stop Somali piracy….

1 September 2014 @ 8:23 am UTC
A guide to Somalian pirates, including who they are, where and how do Somali pirates operate, and what can be done to stop Somali piracy….

1 September 2014 @ 7:18 am UTC
The incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia have received worldwide attention in recent years. Prior to 2005, piracy in this area was not a major concern. Some ……

1 September 2014 @ 6:28 am UTC
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1 September 2014 @ 5:31 am UTC
Pirates in Somalia have been highly successful when it comes to capturing ships and collecting ransoms over the past several months, except when it comes ……

1 September 2014 @ 4:55 am UTC
ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) is the anti-crime arm of the International Chamber of Commerce. Based in London, CCS is a membership organisation tasked with ……

1 September 2014 @ 3:37 am UTC
Disclaimer: Although every possible effort is made to ensure the accuracy of our services we accept no responsibility for any kind of use made of any kind of data and ……

31 August 2014 @ 9:10 pm UTC
Editor’s Note: In the first week of April, Somali pirates raided an American-flagged ship in the Indian Ocean and took the captain hostage. It was only one of several ……

31 August 2014 @ 8:49 pm UTC
Information on piracy as well as tips on how to protect yourself against it….

31 August 2014 @ 7:30 pm UTC
Fighting piracy is a vital element of the United States’ strategic objectives in Somalia, which are to help this stressed nation to regain stability, eliminate ……

31 August 2014 @ 6:25 pm UTC
News IMB Piracy Report highlights violence in West Africa Details Monday, 15 July 2013 07:00 London, 15 July 2013 – Somali piracy has fallen to its lowest levels ……

31 August 2014 @ 8:38 am UTC
Rocketboom Field Correspondent Ruud Elmendorp sails with the Dutch Navy who are protecting vessels of the World Food Programme from pirates off the coast ……

31 August 2014 @ 8:10 am UTC
Somalia is a country located in the Horn of Africa, considered to be a home of world’s best known contemporary pirates. Numerous hijacking operations of ……

31 August 2014 @ 4:06 am UTC
News IMB warns of West Africa piracy threat Details Friday, 07 March 2014 15:36 The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is asking ships to be extra vigilant when ……

30 August 2014 @ 8:50 pm UTC
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30 August 2014 @ 5:01 pm UTC
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30 August 2014 @ 4:15 am UTC
Pirates flee from the German navy as the frigate Rheinland-Pfalz intercepted them in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s coast on March 3, 2009. The German navy detained ……

29 August 2014 @ 8:22 pm UTC
Piracy off the Horn of Africa. Congressional Research Service Report for Congress. Lauren Ploch Analyst in African Affairs. Christopher M. Blanchard…

28 August 2014 @ 3:35 pm UTC
AN INFRASTRUCTURE BUFFETInsurance News Net… Aircraft (MSA) demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness, an important milestone toward providing a low-risk and cost-effec…

Essential Contacts And Documents

In this section we provide only the most essential contacts and pointers to necessary documentation. It is up to the navigator to source all necessary information that they think appropriate for their passage. Our best advice is that you contact as many organisations and contacts of your detailed passage plan as possible, including task forces and coastguards. Below are our recommended contacts and essential reading.


The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) office in Dubai acts as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels and liaison with military forces in the region. UKMTO Dubai also administers the Voluntary Reporting Scheme, under which merchant vessels are encouraged to send regular reports, providing their position/course/speed and ETA. The link above is their email address.

MSCHOA Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa

Set up by the European task force to tackle piracy in this area. Established the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). Esper joined MSCHOA organisation to gain full access to the website. Maintenance of ship’s position with the MSCHOA throughout the Indian Ocean is recommended.

ICC-CCS International Chamber of Commerce: Commercial Crimes Service

Go to their IMB Reporting centre for information on piracy and a map of piracy activity.

International Sailing Federation

The International Sailing Federation was set up to provide racing sailors with a set of internationally recognised set of rules and measurement standards. The ISAF also produces a set of recommendations for sailors entering into known areas of piracy. The link above takes you to the latest downloadable pdf on their recommendations.

Best Management Practice Guidelines

From the ICC website: “Industry bodies, along with the IMB and navies, have developed guidelines to assist masters in transiting the dangerous waters in the Gulf of Aden and off the east coast of Somalia.The guidelines, called the Best Management Practice (BMP), are a fluid document which gets updated with renewed guidelines as lessons are learned.” Click on the link to download the pdf.

European Union Naval Force Somalia

EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta acts in accordance with United Nations Security Councils resolutions. The military operation was launched 8 December and has been extended by the European Council until December 2012. EU Navfor has a download page which includes a weekly piracy incident summary, list of currently pirated vessels and the anti-piracy planning chart.

Video Library

Below is a random clip from youtube on the subject of Somali pirates, uploaded within the last 18 months. The buttons on the left (< and >) jump backwards and forwards between random clips, whilst the buttons on the right take you to the original youtube link, switches to full screen, and mutes the volume respectively.

Please note that a few clips may not play due to owner restrictions. If this happens, click the link button to view it (first button on the right after the time counter).

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