Number of pirate attacks against ships worldwide from 2009 to 2016

Loading statistic...
Number of pirate attacks

© Statista 2017

Download Settings Share
Chart type
Share on Social Media
HTML code to embed chart as PNG (FAQ)
Description Source More information
This statistic depicts the number of pirate attacks against ships worldwide from 2009 through 2016. There were 246 such incidents in 2015.
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, Somalia 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 55 U.S. dollars per barrel, the hijacking of a crude oil tanker sounds like a promising deal for pirates. In 2015, Vietnam was thrust into the limelight: Here, the number of incidents almost quadrupled between 2014 and 2015.

That said, 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
Release date
Survey time period
2009 to 2016
Supplementary notes
Incidents include actual and attempted attacks.
The figures for 2009 to 2011 are taken from a previous edition.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $588 / Year

Statistics on "Ocean shipping"

  • Overview
The most important statistics
  • Merchant fleet - number of ships
The most important statistics
  • Merchant fleet - capacity
  • Ports
The most important statistics
  • Ship operators
The most important statistics
  • Piracy
The most important statistics

Related Studies: Available to Download in PDF or PPTX Format

Pirate attacks

All Information
in one Presentation

Pirate attacks

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

Other Reports & Dossiers

Statista for Your Company: The Research and Analysis Tool

  • Product Film
  • Statistics
  • Downloads

Our Premium Statistics - facts for your business

Currently, Statista provides more than 1 million statistics.
93 percent (all Premium content) are exclusively accessible via our professional accounts.

Unlimited access

As a Statista Premium customer, you receive unlimited access to all statistics at all times. Including downloads of data in the most common formats (XLS, PDF & PNG). Create relevant and significant statistics in no time.

You are in good company

Further Content: Statistics, Studies, and Topic Pages

Our Business Solutions: Save Time and Money



per year
Your advantages
  • Full access to all our statistics
  • Download as XLS, PDF & PNG
  • Relevant data: complete source information
All functions of our platform illustrated face-to-face
  • Learn how Statista supports your company
  • Extensive tour across the whole portal
  • Personal guidance by our support team
The knowledge database for your company
  • All functions of the Premium Account
  • Access to dossiers, forecasts and studies
  • Access to our international database
  • Publishing rights and other exclusive functions