The seas off West Africa remain the world’s most dangerous for pirate attacks, with 62 seafarers captured in the Gulf of Guinea so far this year, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report.

China has raised the threat warning for Chinese-flagged vessels transiting the Malacca Straits to the highest possible level.

Why should seafarers be constantly put in harm’s way, from pirates, hostile officials in ports that nobody ought to visit, and now as collateral damage as the threat of war breaks out in the Middle East? The answer is, as it has always been, that they have no choice in these matters and have to go where their ship takes them, or lose their jobs.

Piracy is continuing to pose dangers to seafarers onboard ships in the Gulf of Guinea and the shipping industry is urging the authorities to take immediate action to stamp out the threat.

Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia have dropped to a 13-year low in the first quarter of this year, according to latest figures released by the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC).

Petro-piracy is emerging once again as a significant threat in West African waters, with the Gulf of Guinea at the epicentre, delegates at the 10th Chemical & Products Tanker Conference were told in London earlier this week.

Incidents of piracy and armed robbery in Asia have declined in 2018 over the previous year, marking the lowest number of incidents since 2007 based on records kept by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC).

More than a quarter of those seeking support from the Sailors’ Society’s Crisis Response Network (CRN) have been affected by piracy the charity revealed.

Piracy reporting centre ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre has warned that an imminent threat of abduction of crew from merchant ships remains in waters been the Southern Philippines and East Malaysia.

Fresh from a period of relative inactivity in the situation on abduction of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes seas and waters off eastern Sabah, the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and Philippine Coast Guard this week co-organised a meeting between government agencies and the shipping industry to enhance maritime safety and security in the area.

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