Maritime pirate attacks worldwide 2009-2018

Number of pirate attacks against ships worldwide from 2009 to 2018

by I. Wagner, last edited Jan 18, 2019
Maritime pirate attacks worldwide 2009-2018 This statistic depicts the number of pirate attacks against ships worldwide from 2009 through 2018. There were 201 such incidents in 2018.
Pirate attacks

Although the term “pirate” may conjure up images of bearded men with eye patches, wooden legs and parrots who were convicted and buried centuries ago, pirate attacks are indeed posing a threat to today’s shipping lines all over the world.

Contemporary maritime piracy reached its peak level in 2010, with around 445 reported incidents. The regions most likely to come under threat from pirate attacks include Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nigeria. Here, pirates are attracted by the abundance of natural resources in the countries themselves or in adjacent areas. Strategic passages for oil transport such as Bab-el-Mandeb, near Somalia, or the Strait of Malacca off the Indonesian coast have become notorious targets for maritime crime. In 2009, oil tankers shipped 13.6 million barrels of oil per day through the Strait of Malacca; this exceeds the daily volume of oil imported into the whole of the European Union. With oil prices then hovering around 70 U.S. dollars per barrel in 2018, the hijacking of a crude oil tanker sounds like a promising deal for pirates. In 2017, Venezuela was thrust into the limelight: Here, the number of incidents rose from five to 12 between 2016 and 2017.

It is often the crew and the pirates themselves who pay most dearly for maritime crime. In Somali waters, at least 149 crew members were held hostage in 2011, and over 100 pirates were killed - mostly by naval forces such as armed guards, who are increasingly seen to be of central importance to the protection of merchant ships.
Show more

Number of pirate attacks against ships worldwide from 2009 to 2018

You need to log in to download this statistic
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.
Leading companies trust Statista:
paypalgoogleadobepgsamsungtelekom
Related Studies: Available to Download in PDF or PPTX Format
Ocean shipping
Ocean shipping

All Information
in one Presentation

Ocean shipping

Everything On "Ocean shipping" in One Document: Edited and Divided into Handy Chapters. Including Detailed References.

Other Reports & Dossiers
I think of Statista as Google for researchers. Statista provides you with the information you search for right away.
Dr. Horst Stipp

Dr. Horst Stipp
EVP, Research & Innovation, Advertising Research Foundation

Statistics on "Ocean shipping"
  • Overview
  • Merchant fleet - number of ships
  • Merchant fleet - capacity
  • Ports
  • Ship operators
  • Piracy
The most important statistics
Discover Statista
Need help with using Statista for your research? Tutorials and first steps
Further Content: You might find this interesting as well
Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.
Do you have any questions about our business solutions?

We provide you with detailed information about our Corporate Account.