The Mission to Seafarers has campaigned tirelessly for more public attention to be focused on the issue of pirate attack and maritime violence. Whilst the incidents of piracy worldwide has thankfully continued to fall year on year, the rise of hijacking at sea, kidnap and violence has risen in new places, such as Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in Africa; and in Malaysia and Indonesia.

The Maritime Piracy Human Response Programme (MPHRP) was set up to track incidents of piracy and help seafarers and their families to recover from incidents of pirate attack worldwide. The Mission to Seafarers supports the MPHRP and port chaplains are trained in post-trauma stress care to help support those affected.

Currently in 2016, piracy warnings have been issued for the following locations: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malacca Straits, Malaysia, Singapore Straits, South China Sea, Vietnam, Benin, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, The Congo, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somalia, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Ecuador and Peru.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

The IMB is a special division of the ICC which is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1981 to fight maritime crime and malpractice at sea. Each quarter they produce a world-wide report on incidents of piracy and armed robbery from the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They issue a piracy report each quarter. You can request a copy below.

The 24 hour Anti-Piracy Helpline can be called on ++ 60 3 2031 0014.

To contact the ICC IMB Asia Regional Office please go to:

ICC International Maritime Bureau (Asia Regional Office) PO Box 12559, 50782 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel ++ 60 3 2078 5763
Fax ++ 60 3 2078 5769
E-mail: [email protected] 

Piracy report on the Internet

The IMB posts updates of attacks on the Internet at By posting the information on the Internet, ship owners and authorities ashore as well as ships at sea can access these updates regularly and make informed decisions on the risks associated with certain sea areas. Incidents reported to the IMB can now be followed on Twitter at