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World sea piracy falls for third straight year in 2013 amid clampdown on Somali piracy

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - World sea piracy fell for a third straight year in 2013, as Somali pirates were curbed by international naval patrols and improved ship vigilance, an international maritime watchdog said Wednesday. The International Maritime Bureau said global pirate attacks fell to a six-year low of 264, down from 297 in 2012 and 439 in 2011. Pirate attacks have declined since hitting a peak in 2010 with 445 attacks.

Piracy slows worldwide but surges off west Africa

The number of attacks by pirates worldwide has fallen in the last year but armed robbery and kidnappings at sea have surged off the coast of west Africa, a maritime body said on Monday. Pottengal Mukundan, director of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), urged west and central African leaders to act on an agreement reached last month to tackle the problem. "This (code of conduct) should be translated soon into action on the water. If these attacks are left unchecked, they will become more frequent, bolder and more violent," he said.

Pirates attack another ship off Nigeria coast - agency

ABUJA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Pirates boarded a ship two days ago off the coast of Nigeria's oil-region, a piracy watchdog said on Tuesday, the latest in a string of attacks close to Africa's biggest energy producer. The attack took place around 55 miles off the coast of the Brass oil region on Sunday, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in a piracy report. There were reports that an unknown number of foreigners were kidnapped in the attack on the Armadah Tuah vessel, according to maritime-risk exports AKE.
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