International Maritime Bureau

Pirate attacks wane but Somalis still key culprits

The number of pirate attacks fell to 439 last year, down from 445 in 2010, but Somali pirates continued to account for most incidents, according to the International Maritime Bureau's global piracy report released yesterday.

Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am

Repelling Asia's maritime pirates

Amid the doom and gloom in the news out of Iraq and Afghanistan, the anxiety over the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran, and the struggle in the 'war on terror', there is a ray of sunlight: maritime piracy is down in Southeast and South Asia.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

Co-operation approach makes high-seas hijackings harder

Greater involvement of Asian governments in combatting piracy is making it harder for pirates to hijack a ship and dispose of its cargo.

Hong Kong Shipowners' Association director Arthur Bowring said governments on the mainland, Indonesia and Japan now had piracy firmly on their agendas and were working closely to tackle the problem.

14 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Ship crews are feeling exposed and defenceless with the alarming rise of piracy attacks in Asian waters

THEY strike mainly under the cover of night, surprising and terrifying their unsuspecting prey. The speedboats dart out of the dark and grappling irons are thrown over the side of a ship. Before the vessel's crew has time to realise what has happened, it is too late - the pirates have struck.

7 May 2000 - 12:00am

Co-operation thwarts piracy

Co-operation between governments and the shipping industry crippled a piracy attack on the Alondra Rainbow and led to the recovery of its multi-million-dollar cargo, the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) says.

29 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Shipping lines turn to bigger guns as pirates swamp high seas

For the first time since World War II, merchant ships passing through Southeast Asia have been equipped with artillery and water cannons.

The appearance of such hardware may be counter to International Maritime Bureau guidelines but comes as little surprise given the recent growth of pirates around Indonesia, the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea.

28 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Pirates may have hijacked ship

Pirates may have hijacked a ship carrying a Hong Kong-recruited crew and up to $23 million worth of aluminium.

All 13 crewmen on the Japanese-owned Tenyu cargo ship, which has been missing for more than two months, were recruited in the SAR in summer, the British-based International Maritime Bureau said yesterday.

23 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Asia regional waters remain piracy hotspot

Pirate attacks continue to be a menace in the region this year, according to figures from the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Of the 86 global attacks reported between January and June this year, 41 occurred in Asia.

27 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Hijacked vessel's cargo 'up for sale'

Local authorities are said to be preparing to sell the cargo of a hijacked ship which has been held in a mainland port for 21 months.

The Cypriot-flagged Anna Sierra, belonging to an Indian state trading firm, put into Beihai, Guangxi, after the hijack off Vietnam in 1995.

14 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Active role for PLA

PIRACY attacks reported in this area in the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) annual report have increased more than fivefold. This is cold comfort to crews, shippers and owners operating in the South China Sea. These are some of the busiest waters in the world, used by traffic between Asia, the Americas and Europe as well as intra-Asian shipping.

14 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Shipping hijack

THE international community has been urged to clarify what constitutes an 'act of piracy' in the wake of the hijacking of the Hye Mieko.

Executive director of the London-based independent International Maritime Bureau, Eric Ellen, said it was time to clarify the international maritime responsibilities of individual governments.

4 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

New wave of piracy hits smaller ships

PIRACY is on the rise again in Southeast Asia.

The Kuala Lumpur-based International Maritime Bureau reported recently that pirate attacks on ships in the region had doubled last year, compared with 1993.

This year the pirates seem to be targeting smaller vessels and less sophisticated cargoes and using a variety of ruses to get on board.

3 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Phantom vessels the latest tactic in Asian piracy

PHANTOM ships, using fake documentation, are hijacking cargos from ports across East Asia in the latest twist to piracy in the seas of East Asia, according to maritime officials.

''It is a problem which has accelerated,'' said Eric Ellen, executive director of the commercial crime services division of the International Chamber of Commerce.

22 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Task force call to help halt piracy

A TASK force should be established by Hongkong and China to tackle the growing piracy problem in the important shipping lanes of the South China Sea, a senior official at the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) suggested yesterday.

7 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

IMB team on visit to report on piracy

INTERNATIONAL marine experts are visiting Southeast Asia between March 1 and 10 on a fact-finding mission to prepare a report for an International Maritime Bureau meeting in May on piracy in the region.

Statistics show that 69 per cent of worldwide piracy attacks occurred in Southeast Asian waters in 1992.

17 Feb 1993 - 12:00am