South East Asia is still one of the world’s most dangerous regions for piracy attacks according to the latest figures issued by the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Globally, there have been 42 attacks in the third quarter of this year, a 20-year low for maritime piracy. The Piracy Centre has recorded a total of 141 incidents during the first three-quarters of the year, a fall of 25% when compared to 2015.

In a breakdown of the attacks 111 vessels were boarded, five were hijacked, 10 were shot at, and 15 attacks were repelled. Armed pirates took 110 seafarers hostage and 49 crew kidnapped for ransom.
Breakdown of Attacks – January – September 2016

Nigeria is the most dangerous piracy hotspot accounting for 26 percent of all captures followed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Guinea and Ivory Coast.

Overall there was a total of 33 attacks in Indonesian waters, down from 86 for the first nine months of last year. Vietnam also recorded a drop in incidents with just six attacks this year compared to 19 in 2015.

“We are encouraged by the efforts of national and international authorities – and the shipping industry – to keep piracy down. But clearly the threat to crew being taken hostage remains, and it is therefore necessary for shipmasters and response agencies to remain vigilant,” said Pottengal Mukundan, Director of IMB, which has monitored world piracy since 1991.