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Piracy in free fall for 4 years. Last report

On board the Lafayette (French Ministry of Defence)

(BRUSSELS2) At the latest assessment (drawn up at the end of November by the European anti-piracy operation Eunavfor Atalanta), there remained only 5 ships in the hands of the pirates (*) and 140 hostages (136 if we take into account the release of the southern sailors -Koreans) against around thirty ships and more than 700 sailors taken prisoner two years ago. The pirates are unable to replenish their “stock” and seem to be short of teams.

The number of attacks in 2012 also fell sharply. While there were nearly 200 attacks in previous years (163 in 2009, 174 in 2010, 176 in 2011), the current figure for 2012 is only 34 attacks. And we are witnessing a significant reduction in the number of pirated ships: from 46 and 47 respectively in 2009 and 2010, it fell by half in 2011 and was further reduced for the year 2012 to 5. The “success” rate of piracy is thus went from 1 in 4 in 2009-2010 to 1 in 6 in 2011-2012.

Finally, let us point out that, since 2009, the European forces of Eunavfor have also provided escorts for 166 WFP ships and 128 AMISOM ships. This notably allowed the African Union forces in Somalia to be permanently supplied.

(*) The MV ICEBERG 1 flying the Panamanian flag, captured on March 29, 2010. The MV ALBEDO flying the Malaysian flag, captured on November 25, 2010. The MV ROYAL GRACE flying the Panamanian flag, captured on March 2, 2012. The FV NAHAM 3 flying the flag of Oman, captured on March 26, 2012. The MV SMYRNI flying the Liberian flag, captured on 10 May 2012.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).