INTERNATIONAL PIRACY BY REGION

INTERNATIONAL PIRACY BY REGION

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Piracy by Region: Asia (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)
Piracy be Region:  Asia (montly data, not seasonally adjusted)   
Piracy by Region: South America and the Caribbean (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)
Piracy by Region: South America and the Caribbean
(monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)
   

NOTE: Data for 2002 are preliminary.

These regions are most affected by acts of piracy.

Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships Oct-01 Oct-02
South China Sea       6     13
Percent change from previous year  -62.50 116.67
Malacca Strait       1      5
Percent change from previous year  -91.67 400.00
Indian Ocean       0      4
Percent change from previous year -100.00   NA  
South America and the Caribbean       3      6
Percent change from previous year  -25.00 100.00

Malacca Strait: The narrow body of water connecting the Indian Ocean with the Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea, and Pacific Ocean. The Malacca Strait is bordered by Malaysia and Singapore on the northeastern shore and by Indonesia on the southwestern shore. Includes the Singapore Strait.
South China Sea:
For the purposes of this data, the South China Sea includes all Chinese, Indonesian, Filipino, and Malaysian coastal waters not included in the Malacca Strait. The Pacific Ocean is not included.
Indian Ocean:
The Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.
South America and the Caribbean:
The Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans surrounding South America, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

SOURCE: United Nations International Maritime Organization, Monthly Circulars and Annual Reports 1995-2002, available at http://www.imo.org.