Somali piracy hits seven-year low, but incidents surge in West Africa

(LONDON) — Somali piracy has fallen to its lowest level since 2006, but incidents of armed robbery and kidnapping are increasing off the coast of West Africa, according to the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Center (PRC). Worldwide, the PRC recorded 138 piracy incidents in the first six months of 2013, compared with 177 incidents for the corresponding period in 2012. In the Gulf of Guinea, the PRC reported a surge in kidnappings at sea and a wider range of ship types being targeted.

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By Professional Mariner Staff