Piracy has existed for as long as there has been maritime trade; it conjures images of sail ships, the jolly roger, treasure and buccaneers on the seven seas. Pirates in the twenty first century, however, are more familiar with semi-automatic weapons than a cutlass, while their treasure is less gold doubloons than hostages and the latest electric goods.

According to the International Maritime Bureau (“IMB”), piracy can be defined as “the act of boarding any vessel with intent to commit theft or any other crime, and with an intent or capacity to use force in furtherance of that act”. Stamping out piracy is an ongoing battle, but in recent years we have seen some positive trends. Somali waters

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Mapa de piratería y robo a mano armada de IMB 2020






Este mapa en vivo muestra todos los incidentes de piratería y robo a mano armada informados al Centro de informes de piratería de IMB durante 2020. Si no se proporcionan las coordenadas exactas, las posiciones estimadas se muestran según la información proporcionada. Amplíe y haga clic en los punteros para ver más información de los ataques individuales. Los punteros pueden superponerse entre sí.







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Iran seizes South Korean-flagged tanker in Persian Gulf




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Hankuk Chemi tanker

(Bloomberg) --Iran has claimed responsibility for seizing a tanker, used to carry oil products and chemicals, after it veered into its territorial waters.

The semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported Monday that Iran has seized the South Korea-flagged Hankuk Chemi vessel due to “environmental and chemical pollution in the Persian Gulf,” citing sources with knowledge of the matter. The vessel was carrying 7,200 tonnes of ethanol and the arrested crew members were from Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, according to Tasnim.

The seizure follows a series of shipping security incidents in the Persian Gulf. The region and the Red Sea have been a hotbed for attacks on vessels in recent years, with tensions flaring between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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2020 Sees Increase in Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea Incidents




January 16, 2021  

The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s annual piracy report recorded an increase of piracy and armed robbery incidents in 2020.

In 2020, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) received 195 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 162 in 2019. The incidents included three hijacked vessels, 11 vessels fired upon, 20 attempted attacks, and 161 vessels boarded. The rise is attributed to an increase of piracy and armed robbery reported within the Gulf of Guinea as well as increased armed robbery activity in the Singapore Straits.

Gulf of Guinea

Globally, 135 crew were kidnapped from their vessels in 2020, with the Gulf of Guinea accounting for over 95% of crew numbers

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Ataque de ladrones en el puerto de Casablanca




Según informa Fleet Mont el Car Carrier VIKING DIAMOND, de 167 m de eslora atracó en el puerto de Casablanca, en Marruecos.

Poco después fue invadido por un grupo de asaltantes que se introdujeron a bordo de forma sigilosa empuñando cuchillos y garrotes. Sorprendentemente, los miembros de la dotación, en su mayoría de origen ucraniano, lejos de amilanarse decidieron defenderse con todo lo que tenían a mano, consiguiendo ahuyentar a los perturbadores, que huyeron, pero afortunadamente parte de ellos fueron detenidos por la policía.

El VIKING DIAMOND, pudo zarpar del puerto marroquí al día siguiente.