The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has issued its latest piracy report for the first quarter of 2017. IMB’s report “Piracy & Armed Robbery against ships” indicates that 43 ships were attacked within the sovereign waters of 16 countries and 58 seafarers kidnapped in the first quarter of 2017. The figures are comparatively higher than for the same period in 2016. According to the IMB, the persistent piracy hotspots off Nigeria and around the Southern Philippines, where two crew members were killed in February, continue to be areas of major concern. The first quarter of the year also witnessed the first successful hijackings by Somali pirates in five years. Although the IMB suspects these incidents were opportunistic in nature, they continue to encourage all vessels transiting the area to strictly adhere to Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy (BMP4).
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