Published On: Wed, Jan 16th, 2013

World sea piracy falls to five-year low in 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — World sea piracy fell to its lowest level in five years in 2012, thanks to a huge reduction in Somali piracy, an international maritime watchdog said Wednesday.

The International Maritime Bureau said 297 attacks were recorded worldwide last year, down sharply from 439 in 2011. A total of 28 vessels were hijacked, with 585 crew members taken hostage and six killed during 2012, according to data compiled by the London-based bureau’s piracyreporting center in Malaysia.

The bureau said only 75 attacks were reported off Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, down from 237 cases in 2011. Somali pirates hijacked 14 ships, half the total in 2011.

The bureau praised international navies patrolling the African waters, saying their preemptive strikes and robust action against mother ships helped deter piracy. Security measures by ships, such as hiring armed guards, also helped ward off pirates, it said.

“The continued presence of the navies is vital to ensuring that Somali piracy remains low. This progress could be easily reversed if naval vessels were withdrawn from the area,” said the bureau’s director, Capt. Pottengal Mukundan.

The bureau said pirate mother ships and skiffs were reported in the Gulf of Oman, southern Red Sea and the Somali basin. As at end of last year, Somali pirates still held 104 hostages on eight ships and 23 more were detained on land.

The report said waters off east and west Africa remained dangerous. Piracy rose in the Gulf of Guinea with 58 incidents recorded last year, including 10 hijackings and 207 crew members taken hostage. It said pirates in this area were particularly violent, with guns reported in at least 37 of the attacks.

Nigeria accounted for 27 incidents last year, up from 10 in 2011. Togo saw an increase from five reports in 2011 to 15 in 2012, including four hijackings.

The Ivory Coast had just one incident in 2011 but five in 2012, including the first-ever hijacking of a tanker off its shores.

Four vessels were hijacked in Southeast Asia, including a Malaysian tanker that was recaptured in Vietnam in the last quarter of 2012.

Across the Indonesian archipelago, the bureau said there were 81 reports of petty theft, accounting for more than a quarter of global incidents in 2012.


Source: AP

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  1. Hornid says:

    How Garowe and his Pirateland enclave could survive now?kkk

  2. Amirah Istal-Somali says:

    LOOL mayn I love the view and the boat.

  3. Kayse says:

    That's bad news for the tribal enclave of Pirateland and PiratelandgeezerPISS. It has been a bad year for all the tribal enclaves and fantastic year for the Somali nationalists. Tribalism always fails no matter what cloud they hide behind whether the fake "genocide" or piracy.

  4. Buuxiye says:

    Faroole and his pirate gangs are playing a waiting game they have stocked up on plenty of tuna fish they stole from the galgala community and expect the global navies to simply get tired of their patrols and some day return home.

    The cost of patrolling the pirate coast of puntland-province is in the range of $7Billion for 2011. The pirates have since been trained by saracen forces and present a more deadlier threat to international shipping. As soon as naval activity drops in the piracy zone hijacking will once again climax and these pirates have both unlimited supply of willing recruits and endless time to play a hide and seek game for ever.

    Satellite imaging can easily show the definitive correlations between increased government construction projects and piracy. Puntland-province governor Faroole has clearly been collecting funds with both hands on one hand from the pirates the other hand from international community to fight piracy.

    I don't blame Faroole when the international community over estimates it's intelligence and assumes a role for which it is ill prepared to prevent being exploited. We need to award Faroole the golden FOX award for outsmarting the Caucasian at their own global exploitation games..

  5. Abdulahi says:

    TO all diluted folks INCLUDING kayse failed samale project.

    PUNTLAND STATE OF SOMALIA it's not pirate place as you wish. Puntland is functioning state own goverment semi-autonomous flag,parliament,own constitution, OWN BUDGET, arm forces and more than three million inhabitant live peace stability tranquility prosperity.

    Here is the fact what Puntland done for them self's and rest of somalis since collapse central goverm.

    - No infrastructure was intact when they started create this state,today everybody can see the result.
    - They never try to create imaginary fake country like s/land region thoe they could if want to.
    - Today more than two hundrad thousand other ethnic groups from other parts of somalia live Puntland
    - Puntland host mediate facilitated somali meeting creation of somali goverment,they are responsible
    - The IC specially UN give them big credit laying good foundation somali governance and leadership.

    Somaliland region done everything opposite what Puntland done, no wonder can't compare these two.
    Those folks who believe and using tribal card Puntland or Jubbalnd will disapear, you need to think hard because your living dream world. the party have not start yet.

  6. juri says:

    What is puntland? I though it was only hargaisa and mogadisho

    • VERDICT says:


      Hargeisa and mogadishu it's no longer only cities exist in somalia, also there is Garowe Puntland,Jubbaland kismayo,bay and bakool beydhabo. Hargeisa and Mogadishu were all the somali problem for the last twenty years originated.

      To give you crush course, Puntland is semi-autonomous state,total land mass 212.510 square km,population over 3.2 million.

  7. kaboon says:

    I wonder how the faqash qudhun communities are faring with this set back to their little project

  8. osman Qaal says:

    If the piracy in Puntland has slightly tapered off, so should the world feel a bit safer now, I don't think so…
    is there a compiled data available wrt the human smuggling activities in Puntland as well? if not,
    why not? who is supposed to be monitoring it?

  9. Irir Samaale says:

    MR suffering from dyslexia in what words don't you understand "I will hold you accountable and will ask you this question again in a few month time to see how Puntland is faring ( get it faring – ferrying lol ) when the Pirate money runs dry"

    Puntland never created the government but were part of it again is seems that either you cant read or your brain haven't got the intellectual capability to do so because i've clearly stated that "as soon as Puntland don't get its way in Mogadishu they crawl back into their cave from where they turn into saboteurs"

    Anyways it seems i'm wasting my time by arguing with a person that's got the brain size of a pea.

    • Irir Samaale says:

      PS can you prove to me about your claim that none Puntlanders that have settled there through time (for an example the Rahanweyns) are being represented out of your so called twenty five different groups Myth ?

    • Abdulahi says:

      Samale fake project.

      Get back to your cave, because that is where exactly you BELONG. STOP eating beans or over chew mirra so Your braincells can go back to normal it seems your not understanding anything.

      Puntland was responsible hosting putting foundation somali goverment, i don't have to proof that even five year old child knows. put for you hard to understand that, because your brain frozen in time either you ate excessive beans or over chew mirra which contains monoamine alkaloid, amphetamine can cause ( euphoria ). Puntland house of representive consist 66 member strong representing all regions within Puntland state of somalia territory. also those people who came from other section of somalia have large numbers, and settle Puntland have representative in the parliament three are Rahanweyn Do your research.

      PUNTLAND will always SHINE as they done for centuries, i don't think moryan or delusionist will be able to hinder their progress.

  10. tellmetruth says:

    Oh yeah by the way if you think piracy was a tool used by Puntland, then wouldn't you agree that it has worked.
    But then let's forget about Puntland for a sec, how much fish and other resources have been stolen from Somalia by the World in last 21 yrs. Yeah that's right. I wished we all would've robbed them from north to south.

    You know what they say, the best defense is a good offense.

  11. Irir Samaale says:

    Breaking news : Liyu police are taking back towns in East Hararghe that were stolen from Somaligalbeed by the Oromos in 2004.

    Now i don't know what their real motive is but good on them words i would of have never thought i would say because these Oromos have been creeping and creeping slowly into annexing many towns that belonged to Somaligalbeed sins then

    We've got the whole of the Liban zone back including Moyale now its East Hararghe turn and hopefully soon it will be the rest like Dire Dawa / Harari / Mieso / West limi and many more.

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  13. Ahmed says:

    This no 1979 nor 1961, this is 2013 SOMALIA is totaly different compare to those days. it is OVER those days when one city or clan dictates somalis futures. the whole purpose Hassan NGO and his association wants to change this constitution is one artical bothers them which is ( two or more region if they agree can create semi-autonomous state within somali republic). NO one can touch this artical if that happens full scale civil war will ignite all over somalia. this has nothing to do with IGAD or any other organization.

  14. Irir Samaale says:

    What kind of ridiculous question is that ? there are countries that date back their constitutions 100's of years what an obnoxious person you are and clearly suffering from a powerful disease called tribalism.

    Mr cyber warrior until the majority of the Somali people choose it it ain't worth the paper its written on so the sooner you get it through your thick head the better.

  15. Irir Samaale says:

    PS the 1961 constitution was passed by all Somalis and the 79 is just a copy with a few touch up like one man party system so i don't no what you're talking about.

    The things people say on her knowing its a blatantly lie wow just wow at least come up with a good lie

  16. Ahmed says:

    I hope you have good eardrum cuz your not hearing anything. any constitution has to have minimum 80% to pass as a constitution in any country. almost 95% somali parliament approve this constitution, if hassan NGO and his association want to challenge or use tribal card STILL 45% somalis against changing this constitution specially this artical ( two or more regions can choose semi-autonomous state within somalia ). ONCE you have 45% oppose the new constitution then it will not become effective as simple as that.

  17. Irir Samaale says:

    Now you listen Mr landed fresh from the boat when things like a constitution is put on the table its only up to the citizens to decide on whether to approve it or not not no lawmakers show me one country that ever did ?

    Also can you show me your evidence about your made up 45% bro have you ever stopped to think before you type nonsense + lets say even if your "45%" is true a referendum is still needed

  18. Irir Samaale says:

    have a good read if your pea brain is still not getting it

  19. Amirah Istal-Somali says:

    guys who even read this so called constitution, I know I haven't….. but what I have heard this constitution and the one in 1961 are very much alike….

  20. Ahmed says:

    Dowloading wikipedia Referendum site will not make any difference and it does not show anything. referendum in somalia is totaly different, because somalis are tribal society any referendum has approve 80% of the population or somalia will never have stable goverment . i hope you understand this, cuz lately you been eating too much beans or chewing mirra in dark alleys losing concentration.

  21. Ahmed says:

    YOU must be on different plannet. it will take minimum another five to ten years to set up in somalia proper election system all connors of somalia so people can elect the president, parliamentarian, and choose constitution they want DIRECTLY. in the meantime they have to stick the parliament voting system.

    You haven't get the massege yet, this 45% represent all north east of somalia,same part of northern somalia, all deep south including upper jubba,middle jubba,lower jubba. so, if all these regions oppose hassan NGO his new proposal changing the constitution, do you think it will be implemented ? the answer is NO.

    To pass a referendum You need 80% clean VOTE or either the country will remain in LIMBO.

  22. Amirah Istal-Somali says:

    Tellmetruth, I kinda agree with you, also i'm not into whole Federal system thing but this constitution is all we have now and we must use it until there's a replacement or referendum, Irir Samale is afraid that Magadishu may turn out to be a ghost city lol

    Irir Samale don't worry walal Federal or without Federal Mogadishu will always be our capital lol :)

  23. Irir Samaale says:

    I have no problem whatsoever with that when that day comes @tellmetruth but it has to be done through a referendum first that's all and not by forget even an elected but unelected lawmakers ?

  24. yacquub says:

    we know, samale and tellmertruth the some person. so don't answer to yoursef or you will become INSANE.

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