Pirate Attacks Increase in 2010

The The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) has reported preliminary numbers of pirate incidents and hijackings for 2010; a full report is expected mid-January.

Figures updated on December 29, show that reported incidents including pirate attacks increased from 406 in 2009 to 440 in 2010. The latest figures show that attacks are steadily increasing but have not dramatically increased like they did from the years 2008 to 2009 when reported incidents jumped by 113. The number of successful hijackings resulting from attacks fell by just 1 percent.

Joint naval forces are working together to protect shipping lanes and urge captains to utilize "best management practices" to avoid hijackings. In January the full report will be released, providing details of the reported incidents, such as the use of firearms, injuries and deaths of crew members and figures for specific regions.

Currently Held by Somali Pirates:
Vessels: 26
Hostages: 617

Figures courtesy of ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB). (Updated December 29, 2010)