07 June 2012 12:16 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Pirate attacks worldwide declined throughout May, with activity off the coast of Somalia reducing significantly, data released on Thursday showed.
A monthly report from Dubai-based logistics firm GAC Protective Solutions and UK-headquartered AKE Group, showed the total number of pirate attacks globally decreased to 25 in May, down from April’s total of 33.
AKE expects a reduced risk of piracy in the Indian Ocean and Southern Arabian Sea because of “poor weather conditions created by the southern monsoon season”.
As a result, it forecasts incidents in the region to be less frequent over the coming months, and expect this trend to continue until September.
However, the report stresses there will still be “a heightened risk of attacks around maritime chokepoints and more sheltered waters in the region”, and warns vessel operators to exercise particular caution around the southern Red Sea; the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which connects the red Sea with the Gulf of Aden; the southern Gulf of Aden; and northern Arabian Sea.
Incidents off the east coast of Africa decreased by 13%, with 14 attacks reported in May, compared to April’s total of 16.
“Attacks increased in the northern Gulf of Oman, where swarm tactics were reported for the first time,” the report also said.
“This new level of resolve is likely in response to poor success rates and ongoing naval operations…further swarm attacks should be anticipated” it added.
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