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Although there have been no attacks on shipping in the southern Philippines to kidnap crew since April 2017 anti-piracy body ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre says the situation in the Sulu - Celebes Sea area remains a cause for concern.

Pirate attacks worldwide on shipping were at a 22-year low in 2017, however, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) warns of continuing danger off West Africa and Somalia.

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre has very serious concern over kidnap for ransom attacks in the Southern Philippines, despite a 58% drop in piracy and armed robbery attacks in Asia as a whole in 2016.

Kidnappings at sea hit a 10-year high in 2016 despite piracy attacks as whole falling to their lowest level since 1998, according watchdog the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Six seafarers have been kidnapped from a Vietnamese bulker sailing in the southern Philippines.

Sailor’s Society chaplains have been providing emotional support to 10 seafarers kidnapped and held by Abu Sayyaf terrorists for five weeks.

Although piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea declined year-on-year by 18% in 2014, kidnapping of senior crew members increased by 75% over the previous year, according to a report by maritime security firm Dryad Maritime.

Stung by the recent spate of kidnappings, Malaysia is cracking down on all foreign vessels entering and exiting the east coast of Sabah, insisting that they must now follow designated routes, especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), with immediate effect, local reports said.

Piracy has dropped to its lowest level in six years, according to watchdog the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), as a result of the sharp decline in attacks off Somalia.

Greece’s business and shipping community is reeling as police hunt for a group of individuals who attempted to abduct a young shipowner, from outside his office on 12 December.

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