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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Pirates off Somalia quiet but Gulf of Guinea a hotspot in first half of 2015

EUNAVFOR flagship SPS Galicia and FS VarPiracy off the Somali coast has all but disappeared while pirates remain active in the Gulf of Guinea and Southeast Asia, according to a maritime intelligence provider.

Dryad Maritime released its analysis of worldwide reported incidents of piracy and crime against mariners from 1 April to 30 June 2015, which show that Southeast Asia continues to dominate maritime crime incidents globally, with 120 reports of piracy and maritime crime instances there since 1 January 2015, an increase of 22% compared to the first six months of 2014.

Of these reported incidents, 12 were vessel hijackings – an increase of three compared to the same period last year.

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