Piracy and Armed Robbery continues to be a concern not just for the shipping industry, but military bodies, UN agencies as well as insurers and regional institutions. Recent disruptive incidents have emanated from the resurgence of pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden and in the Northwest Indian Ocean region. Examining this topic more broadly, IMB Piracy Reporting Centre have published 114 piracy and armed robbery incidents across the globe from January to June 2017. These Include East Asia (1), Rest of the World (3), Indian Sub-Continent (6), Americas (12), Africa (29), and Southeast Asia (36).
As of 30th June 2017, the same report has received 87 accounts of incidents reflecting a global decline in piracy occurrences with 97 recorded over the same period last year.
The latest piracy report that was released in July 2017 shows that 63 vessels were illegally boarded, 12 fired upon, 4 of these hijacked and 8 ships faced attempted attacks. Moreover, it is said that 63 crew members were taken hostage and 41 kidnapped from their vessels, following with three people injured and two killed.
ICC International Maritime Bureau – http://www.nepia.com/media/767005/2017-Q2-IMB-Piracy-Report.pdf