The International Chamber of Commerce also post a "live" piracy / robbery / stowaway incident map sorted by each calendar year each time someone files a report. So if you call that number, a pin will be added for recording your vessel's unfortune.
By the way, this is the definition of the type of incidents to be reported to that hotline or by email:
Definition of piracy
Piracy consists of any of the following acts:
(a) any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or a private aircraft, and directed:
(i) on the high seas, against another ship or aircraft, or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft;
(ii) against a ship, aircraft, persons or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any State;
(b) any act of voluntary participation in the operation of a ship or of an aircraft with knowledge of facts making it a pirate ship or aircraft;
(c) any act of inciting or of intentionally facilitating an act described in subparagraph (a) or (b).
The good thing in reviewing such centralized, albeit limited, database is that there are very, very few incidents. By comparison, if one was to try to post landbase crime incidents, you would need all the data resources of Google
to keep such a database. There being very little crime at sea, duh, people don't walk on water
. But then like all crime statistics there is likely considerable amount of unreported / undocumented maritme incidents.
IMB Piracy & Armed Robbery Map 2019
This live map shows all piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during 2019. If exact coordinates are not provided, estimated positions are shown based on information provided. Zoom-in and click on the pointers to view more information of individual attacks. Pointers may be superimposed on each other.
IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) follows the definition of Piracy as laid down in Article 101 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Armed Robbery as laid down in Resolution A.1025 (26) adopted on 2 December 2009 at the 26th Assembly Session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Before 1992, shipmasters and ship operators had nowhere to turn to when their ships were attacked, robbed or hijacked either in port or out at sea. Local law enforcement either turned a deaf ear, or chose to ignore that there was a serious problem in their waters.
Established in 1992, IMB PRC offers a 24-hour and free service for shipmasters to report any piracy, armed robbery or stowaway incidents.
PRC is an independent and non-governmental agency based in Kuala Lumpur. We aim to raise awareness within the shipping
industry of high risk areas with pirate attacks and specific ports/anchorages where armed robberies on board ships have occurred.
How we work
PRC acts as a single
point of contact for shipmasters anywhere in the world whose vessels have been attacked or robbed by pirates. All information received is immediately relayed to the local law enforcement agencies requesting assistance. Information is also immediately broadcast to all vessels in the Ocean region, providing vital intelligence and increasing awareness.
We share information with the IMO, governmental, inter-governmental and law enforcement agencies including industry bodies to understand the nature of piracy and reduce its effects on crew, vessel and cargo.
Stay safe out there.