Number of pirate attacks against ships worldwide from 2009 to 2017

Maritime pirate attacks worldwide 2009-2017 This statistic depicts the number of pirate attacks against ships worldwide from 2009 through 2017. There were 180 such incidents in 2017.
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 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.
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Number of pirate attacks
2009410
2010445
2011439
2012297
2013264
2014245
2015246
2016191
2017180
Number of pirate attacks
2009410
2010445
2011439
2012297
2013264
2014245
2015246
2016191
2017180
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This statistic depicts the number of pirate attacks against ships worldwide from 2009 through 2017. There were 180 such incidents in 2017.
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 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.
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Release date
2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2009 to 2017
Supplementary notes
The values of the statistic above include both attempted acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships as well as the performed cases. The number of cases from previous years are taken from previous publications. The details of the above statistics relate only to those covered by the International Maritime Organization

Incidents include actual and attempted attacks.
The figures for 2009 to 2012 are taken from a previous edition.

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