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South East Asia poses greater piracy threat to seafarers, says report

Pirate attacks in South East Asia present a clear and remerging threat to seafarers with a 90% boarding success rate, according to report by Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP).

The report delivered by the maritime advocacy group showed that 800 seafarers in incidents in South East Asia experienced violence, or the threat of violence.

It added that around 3,600 seafarers were on-board vessels that had been attacked by pirates in the region.

Meanwhile, the Gulf of Guinea witnessed another rise in piracy incidents, and it is suggested that the lack of effective cooperation between regional governments and industry has lead to further issues, such as an absence of prosecutions.

International Maritime Bureau director Pottengal Mukundan said: “We have observed that up to 70% of piracy-related incidents in the Gulf of Guinea are never reported, so we currently lack a complete understanding of the problem.

“This also makes it difficult to assess the extent of the threats seafarers face in this region.”

In the Western Indian Ocean, naval mandates, recommended industry self-protection practices, and high-risk area size remains unchanged, and collective efforts against Somali piracy are decreasing occurences.

In addition, according to OBP, the current reduction in piracy has caused more foreign fishing vessels to return to areas near the coast of Somalia.

The report also noted that the primary victims of piracy and armed robbery at sea are worldwide seafarers.

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