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Naval Warfare

Maritime crime rates tread water

2nd February 2016 - 23:29 GMT | by Philip Rood in London

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Maritime crime statistics for 2015 were largely unchanged compared to the previous year although the number of hijackings was down last year, according to annual figures released by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

The report says 246 incidents were recorded last year, one more than in 2014. Worldwide, a total of 15 vessels were hijacked in 2015, down from 21 in 2014, with none reported in the last quarter of 2015. 

The number of vessels boarded rose 11% to 203, while one ship was fired at and a further 27 attacks were thwarted. Armed ...

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