OBP; SOMALI PIRACY IN THE WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN: 2015
Western Indian Ocean Region: Despite reduced spending, international efforts in the Indian Ocean continued to suppress major attacks. However, several recent hijackings of regional vessels could signal an increased threat.
The presence of coalition and independent deployers engaged in counter-piracy activities decreased by 15% in 2015.
The number of seafarers held hostage by pirates increased in 2015, with 108 seafarers held by pirates at some point over the course of the year.
Vessels near Somalia continue to report suspicious activity related to piracy. While many of these reports may be regional maritime commerce, OBP identified 9 incidents in 2015 which appear to present credible evidence of pirate activity.
Numerous reports from Somali sources emphasize the risk of piracy resurging in some form if the naval presence dissipates.
Read the full report here Oceans Beyond Piracy WIOR
Image: All piracy attacks in 2015 - grey dots represent regional vessels