Ship piracy up; Indonesia, Nigeria, Somalia risky
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Piracy attacks worldwide rose
slightly in the first three months of 2006, with the waters
around Somalia, Nigeria and Indonesia especially vulnerable, an
ocean crime watchdog said on Wednesday.
But there were no cases of piracy reported from the Malacca
Strait, a known hotspot, the International Maritime Bureau
It said acts of piracy had risen to 61 between January and
March this year, compared with 56 during the same period last
Pirates boarded 40 merchant ships, hijacked four vessels
and shot at three others. They took 63 mariners hostage and
kidnapped 13 people, the IMB said in a statement obtained by
The agency said pirate activity continued in the waters off
Somalia and Nigeria, and called on regional enforcement bodies
to step up patrols.
It praised Malaysian and Indonesian authorities for strict
patrolling of the Malacca Strait.
The narrow waterway links Asia with the Middle East and
Europe and carries some 40 percent of the world’s trade,
including 80 percent of the energy supplies of Japan, China and
“Indonesia, in particular, has increased its efforts to
defeat piracy by way of ‘Operation Gurita’, a show of force in
known hotspots, and through several intelligence-led actions
that resulted in the arrest of several gangs of pirates,” IMB
“The figures show a remarkable improvement in India and the
Malacca Straits with no incidents reported in 2006,” it said.