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25 August 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 18:33 GMT+2

January 16, 2019

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Last year an increase is recorded of attacks of the pirates against the ships

Particularly worrisome the situation in the Gulf of Guinea

In the 2018 actions of piracy against the ships they are increased of +12% about being itself verified 201 attacks regarding 180 in the year precedence. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has announced that the increase has turned out marked above all of attacks against ships and crews in West Africa. In particular, in the Gulf of Guinea the incidents are more than doubled going up from 36 in 2017 to 79, included all the six seizures of happened ships all over the world, 13 of the 18 incidents totals in which the ships they have been object of firearm blows and, moreover, region in which is seized 130 of 141 marine taken the altogether hostage world-wise one and where 78 of the 83 marine ones captured from the pirates with the scope have been kidnapped to demand ransoms.

Moreover the IMB has evidenced that the actions of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea are increased in way consisting above all in the last trimester last year and that the ships boarded from the pirates were found very also to out of territorial waters, with crews that kidnapped and are carried in Nigeria where they are held captive waiting for payment of a ransom. The IMB has emphasized that there is urgent need of a greater cooperation and sharing of intelligence between the coastal nations of the region so that effective actions against the pirates can be undertaken, is in sea that to earth where their activities have origin and end.

The IMB has evidenced moreover that in single last the three months of the 2018 41 kidnappings of marine have happened very in waters to the wide one of the Nigeria, between which 11 seized members of the crew of a portacontainer on 27 October and, two days after, eight of the 18 members of the crew of an oil tanker.

As for the Somalia, another African area in which during the last few years has ollowed itself numerous attacks they of the pirates, the International Maritime Bureau has specified that although in 2018 some ship in the region is not captured, however the pirates has exploded blows of firearm against an oil tanker Suezmax in the Gulf of Aden let alone against product tanker and a rinfusiera Capesize to beyond three hundred miles from the coast somali, episodes who restates the importance to maintain the levels of vigilance high during the transit in these waters and - it has emphasized the IMB - the necessity to maintain the presence of naval units of the European Union and of other international Navy in the area around the Horn of Africa.

Less serious the situation in Asia. The 36 marked incidents in Indonesia were relative in great part to pilferages, even if six marine ones are taken hostage and threatened. In continuous Malaysia to being worry reason the risen ones of five marine ones of two fishings boat of which kidnapping has been marked; moreover four pirates on board of a fast boat have shot against a tug and the commander of the unit is hit to a leg. Nelle Filippine ten incidents regarding 22 in 2017 have happened.

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