NOTE: Data for 2002 are preliminary.
These regions are most affected by acts of piracy.
|Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships (monthly incidents)||Mar-01||Mar-02|
|South China Sea||15||7|
|Percentage change from previous year||87.50||-53.33|
|Percentage change from previous year||NA||33.33|
|Percentage change from previous year||150.00||-20.00|
|Percentage change from previous year||NA||0.00|
|Percentage change from previous year||-100.00||NA|
NOTE: Percentage changes may not be available (NA) because there were no incidents during the same month of the previous year. Data for 2002 are preliminary.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) collects data from the International Maritime Bureau, the Baltic and International Maritime Council, the International Federation of Shippers, and maritime agencies of various countries. IMO data do not include piracy committed by government officials. Data also do not include incidents related directly to Taiwan.
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.
West Africa: Includes all African costal waters from the Strait of Gibraltar to Cape Horn.
East Africa: Includes all African coastal waters from Cape Horn to the Red Sea.
SOURCE: United Nations International Maritime Organization, Monthly Circulars and Annual Reports 1995-2002, available at http://www.imo.org.