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Naval Warfare

Incidents of maritime crime drop

25th July 2016 - 16:00 GMT | by Philip Rood in London

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Global piracy and armed robbery at sea have fallen to their lowest levels since 1995 according to the latest report from the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).  

Figures for the first half of this year recorded 98 incidents compared to 134 in the corresponding period of 2015. This contrasts sharply with the peak of 2010 and 2003 when nearly 450 attacks a year were reported.

In the first half of 2016, the IMB recorded 72 vessels boarded, five hijackings, and a further 12 attempted attacks. Nine ships were fired upon. 

The only worrying trend is ...

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