Monthly Piracy Report for May 2015

For the month of May 2015 the majority of the incidents occurred in the Malacca Strait where 12 incidents of maritime piracy and/or armed robbery took place involving various types of vessels. In South China Sea 5 incidents occurred with 3 dry cargo vessels and 2 product tankers. In West Africa 3 incidents were reported, the same figure with Indian Ocean. It is worth noting that no incident was reported in the East African area.

OOW - Monthly Piracy Report for May 2015 Figure 01


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OOW - Monthly Piracy Report for May 2015 Figure 03PIRACY INCIDENTS MAP

In the above map, that has been developed through the “Google Maps” app, the incidents that occurred since May 2015 are being shown. By clicking on each incident’s marker the summary of each incident is being displayed. This map is being updated each month in order to include all the recent incidents. Past incidents are still maintained in the map as a record.

The information contained in this report have been gathered mainly from IMO’s website as well as from various other industry websites that offer relevant information and may serve only as reference for the ongoing situation of maritime piracy.

By clicking the following link the full report OOW Piracy Monthly Report for May 2015 can be downloaded. The full OOW piracy report also includes the detailed narration of each maritime piracy incident reported within this month. The PDF version of this report can be also found in the OOW profile in Scribd and is also embed for easy reference here below.

For up to date live and accurate information:

  1. Piracy Report
  2. ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS)
  3. IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System

Information and news regarding maritime piracy can also be found in the following websites:

  1. Maritime Piracy-Humanitarian Response to Piracy (MPHRP): A pan-industry alliance working together with one aim of assisting seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by a piracy attack etc. MPHRP offers related training courses and additional information can be found in the publications section of the website.
  2. EU NAVFOR Somalia: Website of the the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia which was established in response to the rising levels of piracy and armed robbery off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. The website offers interesting news related to maritime piracy.
  3. Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA): The Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) aims to provide a service to mariners in the Gulf of Aden, the Somali Basin and off the Horn of Africa. The website includes many valuable information to registered users such as vessel movements, live advice etc.
  4. NATO Shipping Centre: The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the link between NATO naval forces and the merchant shipping community.
  5. Oceans Beyond Piracy: Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) is a project of the One Earth Future Foundation, a privately funded and independent non-profit organization located in Colorado, USA. OBP is a response to maritime piracy through the mobilization of industry stakeholders, public-private partnerships.
  6. IMO’s Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships Information Webpage.
  7. Save our Seafarers: An international, not-for-profit, anti-piracy campaign which was launched in March 2011 by a group of five influential maritime associations.
  8. United Nations National Legislation on Piracy
  9. Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI): SAMI is a global organisation representing companies working in the maritime security industry and a focal point for global maritime security matters.
  10. BIMCO GUARDCON: Standard contract for the employment of security guards on vessels. This contract has been developed to provide ship owners and private maritime security companies (PMSC) with a clearly worded and comprehensive standard contract to govern the employment and use of security guards, with or without firearms, on board merchant vessels.
  11. Piracy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by International Group of P&I Clubs
  12. Strengthening Maritime Security in West & Central Africa (IMO)


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