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29 October 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 08:31 GMT+1

October 14, 2020

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In the third quarter, acts of piracy against ships decreased by -17%

In the first nine months of 2020, there were 132 (up 11%)

After the significant rises of 24% and 28% in the number of piracy against ships registered in the first and second compared to the same periods in 2019, in the same period of 2019, third quarter of 2020, global attacks decreased by -17% having been 34 compared to 41 in the period July-September last year. This is 13 attacks against re-infused, eight against tankers, three against container ship and ten against ships of other types. Boarding ships a total of 31, two of those that were shot and a seized ship. In these incidents, it is the abduction of 31 seafarers and the wounding of one of the crew members.

In the first nine months of 2020, there were a global 132 accidents, an increase of 11% compared to 119 piracy in the corresponding period last year. To make them 44 tankers, 34 bulk carriers, 20 container carriers and 34 ships of other types. Boarded ships are 112 (95 in the third quarter of 2019), those subject to attempted assault 12 (10), those subjected to gunshots 6 (10) and those seized 2 (4). 85 seafarers were injured (70), those injured 7 (6) plus six seafarers threatened and five assaulted.

The increase was particularly substantial (40%) acts of piracy occurred in the first nine months of this year in the Gulf of Guinea where there were 14 assaults on ships and where -- he warned the International Maritime Bureau -- pirates are well organized and target all types of ships in an area of wide-ranging.

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