Pirate Attacks At 27-year Low In 2021: Watchdog
Muhammad Irfan Published January 13, 2022 | 02:30 PM
Kuala Lumpur, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Jan, 2022 ) :Pirate attacks on ships fell to their lowest level in nearly three decades last year, driven by a steep decrease off West Africa, a maritime watchdog said Thursday.
A total of 132 incidents of piracy and armed robbery were reported worldwide, the lowest recorded figure since 1994, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in its annual report.
IMB director Michael Howlett praised the "robust actions of the international navies and regional authorities in the Gulf of Guinea, which appears to have positively contributed to the drop in reported incidents and ensuring continued safety to crews and trade".
But he also called on countries in the region to step up efforts to "ensure a long-term and sustainable solution".
Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea -- home to Sub-Saharan Africa's two main oil producers, Nigeria and Angola -- has seriously disrupted international shipping routes and cost the global economy billions of Dollars.
Most of the incidents were opportunistic thefts.