Friday, April 23, 2010
A Kenyan police officer handcuffs suspected Somali pirates in Mombasa June 10, 2009. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga. Creative commons licensed on Flickr.
At the end of March, the International Maritime Organization, which compiles the most detailed information on global piracy, released its report on acts of piracy around the world for 2009.
The report lists the names of the ships attacked, dates and locations. Of the 406 alleged committed or attempted pirate attacks in 2009, 222 occurred off East Africa and 27 in the Indian Ocean. Although this was a significant increase over 2008, the percentage of successful Somali pirate attacks actually dropped significantly in 2009.
You can read the report in PDF format here.