The Maritime Information Cooperation and Awareness Center (MICA Center) of the French Navy has released its 2021 annual report on maritime piracy and robbery acts that impacted worldwide maritime security.
The report notes that for the Gulf of Guinea, Illegal Fishing, Illegal immigration, and Drug Trafficking are the main factors impacting maritime security/piracy in the region. Our latest #AreteDeepDive (published here) touched on how these threats may develop in the coming months and we will be discussing this more in future articles.
According to the report – 317 acts of maritime piracy and robbery were recorded worldwide in 2021 by the MICA Center. A decrease of 15% compared to 375 in 2020, with the most noticeable decrease recorded in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa. In 2021 the Caribbean and Singapore Strait were the most affected areas for incidents.
The report notes that whilst the figures to 31st Dec 2021 seem to show a decline in incidents in the region, the main season for incidents runs from Oct to April and thus this decline cannot yet be assumed to be a continuing threat.
You can read more on the report by clicking here.