15 April 2013 13:01 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Monday that despite a decrease in recorded global piracy incidents, continued vigilance is needed.
The IMB recorded a total of 66 piracy incidents during the first quarter of 2013, down from 102 incidents in the same period of 2012.
The Gulf of Guinea continues to be an area of concern for the IMB, with 15 incidents reported this quarter – including three hijackings.
However, Somalia showed a marked decrease in incidents, recording only three in the first quarter, compared to 28 during the same period of 2012.
“Although the number of acts of piracy reported in Somalia has significantly decreased, there can be no room for complacency,” IMB director Pottengal Mukundan said.
“The drop in reported attacks is due to proactive naval actions against suspected pirate action groups, the employment of privately contracted armed security personnel and the preventive measures used by the merchant vessels.”
“The attacks will rise to past levels if the naval presence is reduced or vessels relax their vigilance,” Mukundan added.
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