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ICC’s quarterly piracy report, released today, shows early signs that positive action taken by the Indian Coast Guard, the Royal Malaysian Police and the Philippine Coast Guard has resulted in no attacks for those areas in the first quarter of 2004.

Captain
Mukundan, Director of the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) praises the
efforts by authorities in those countries. “We would like to see a similar
determination and commitment of law resources from law enforcement agencies in
those areas where the attacks remain at high levels”, he said.

 

Indonesia,
Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Malacca Straits area all continue to show an
alarming rise in the number of attacks at sea. Indonesia continues to record
the highest number of attacks with 21 reported incidents in the first quarter
of 2004.

 

Piracy
attacks in Nigeria are ranked second highest with 10 attacks and Bangladesh and
Malacca Straits are third with eight incidents each during the same period.
Attacks in Malacca Straits increased from three in the first quarter of 2003 to
eight in 2004 and in Singapore Straits from zero in the first quarter of 2003
to six in 2004.

 

Violence
against crew members continues to rise. In February, IMB reported the killing
of four crew members taken hostage by pirates off the coast of Sumatra. The
current report shows that 10 crew members were killed in Nigeria in the first
quarter of 2004.

 

The total
number of crew killed increased to 22 from four as compared to figures for the
same period in 2003. Incidents of hijackings increased to four as compared to
three last year with incidents of crew being threatened increasing to 11 from
six.

 

The following
five locations shared two thirds of the total reported incident, i.e 53 from a
total of 79 reported attacks in 2004. Numbers in brackets are for the same
period of 2003

 

 

The ICCPiracy Report seeks not only to list the facts but also to analyse developments
in piracy and to identify piracy-prone areas so that the crew can take
preventive action.