Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Piracy up, many Somali attacks thwarted

19 October 2011, 10:28

Paris - Piracy at sea has reached record levels with 352 attacks reported worldwide so far this year, a maritime watchdog said on Tuesday, although more and more raids off (the) epicentre Somalia are being thwarted.

The report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) hailed co-ordinated international anti-piracy measures by navies and commercial ships' increased use of onboard security measures to deal with the scourge.

"Figures for piracy and armed robbery at sea in the past nine months are higher than we've ever recorded in the same period of any past year," said the IMB's director, Captain Pottengal Mukundan.

The report said that Somali pirates were intensifying their attacks and moving beyond their own coastline, including carrying out an attack "with unprecedented boldness" on a tanker at anchor in an Omani port.

But while Somali pirates carried out 199 attacks this year, up from 126 attacks for the same period in 2010, they were only successful 12% of the time, compared to 28% of the time in 2010.

"Somali pirates are finding it harder to hijack ships and get the ransom they ask for," Mukundan said, hailing international warships' "excellent work" in deterring pirates by patrolling the area.

"The number of anti-piracy naval units must be maintained or increased," he said.

The report said that pirates had killed eight people so far this year and injured 41, with 625 hostages taken.

The coast of West African nation Benin is also seeing a surge in piracy, the IMB said, with 19 attacks this year compared to none last year. The navies of Benin and neighbouring Nigeria have in response launched joint patrols.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Apologise for attack on Auditor G...

Apologise for attack on Auditor General, President Uhuru Kenyatta is told by Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Quit if you can't fight corruptio...

An MP has told President Uhuru Kenyatta to quit office if he cannot fight corruption. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Investigate Uhuru, Ruto for corru...

Investigate President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto's offices over corruption, CORD leader Raila Odinga has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Its a 1 horse race to State House...

Its a 1 horse race to State House, DP William Ruto has mocked the CORD Coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Enjoy your time left in power, We...

CORD Co Principal Moses Wetangu'la has told the Jubilee Coalition to enjoy its last few months in power before it is voted out in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Stop hiding in State House and sa...

ODM MP's have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to release drought aid and to stop sitting on public funds. Read more...