Pirates are kidnapping more seafarers off West Africa, IMB reports
London and Kuala Lumpur – 14 October 2020
ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) figures show a rise in piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas in the first nine months of 2020, with a 40% increase in the number of kidnappings reported in the Gulf of Guinea, compared with the same period in 2019. Pirates armed with guns and knives are abducting bigger groups of seafarers at further distances off
the West African coast.