Maritime piracy, kidnappings and armed robbery on the rise

10/30/2018 6:16:00 AM

Source: Business Insurance

Data showed that ships were hit by 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the first nine months, up nearly 30% from 121 incidents the first nine months of 2017, Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide reported. The data from Malaysia-based ICC International Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting center showed that the Gulf of Guinea off the Nigerian coast accounted for 57 or 35% of the total incidents. The data also showed that crew members’ kidnappings grew 40% to 112 incidents.