Decline in maritime piracy

According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), acts of piracy are at their lowest in the last six years, with the drastic decline in attacks off the Horn of Africa accounting for this trend.

Photo credit: US Navy / Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky In 2011, a total of 237 piracy acts were listed along the Somali coasts, that is nearly 50% of the attacks posted worldwide. This figure dropped to 75 in 2012 before falling to 15 in 2013. Patrolling warships, security teams accompanying commercial vessels as well as actions of the Somali government have greatly annihilated this scourge. This decrease has, however, been offset by a sharp increase in attacks off Nigerian coasts.

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