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21 March 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 21:28 GMT+1

October 29, 2018

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Increase of the actions of piracy against the ships

For two consecutive trimesters seizures of boats have not happened

In the first nine months of this year the actions of piracy against the ships are increased, even if there is an important sign of reduction of an incident type. Particularly positive, in fact, it is the absence for two consecutive trimesters, the second and the third party, of cases of seizures of ships, and is the first time that happens from 1994. "Even if the minimal record of seizures in the second and third trimester of 2018 goes obviously celebrated - Pottengal Mukundan has explained, Maritime director of the International Bureau (IMB) that the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC is under responsibility of) - the episodes of marine piracy and of holdups with firearms they are still diffuse. The ICC - it has added - exhort the governments to make use of the timely data on the piracy returned available from the Piracy Reporting Centre of the IMB in order to concentrate the resources in these critical areas".

In the first nine months of the 2018 incidents they have been altogether 156 regarding 121 in the same period last year. The boarded ships have been 107 (92 in the first nine months of 2017), 32 those which have been object of assaults (11), 13 - so as in the period January-september of 2017 - those against which they have been exploded blows of firearm and the four seized ships (5), episodes these last ones happened all in the first trimester of this year.

The taken number of marine hostage is gone up to 112 regarding 80 in the first nine months of 2017, 39 marine ones have been kidnapped (49) and six are hurt (3).

In the solo third trimester of this year the number total of piracy actions is gone up considerably to 49 regarding 34 in the correspondent period of 2017 and regards 38 boarded ships (29), nine that have been object of attempts of attack (3) and two that they have been object of firearm blows (1).

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