UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Pirate attacks against ships worldwide have fallen to their lowest level since 1995.
But trouble spots persist, including the Gulf of Guinea off Nigeria and the Philippines, where attacks more than doubled from the year before.
The latest numbers come from a Jan. 10 report by the International Maritime Bureau of the International Chamber of Commerce.
In the Philippines, recorded incidents jumped to 22 in 2017 from 10 incidents in 2016.
Most incidents were low-level attacks on anchored vessels in the ports of Manila and Batangas.
Other incidents included crew kidnappings by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines.
Globally, 180 total incidents of piracy armed and robbery against vessels were recorded in 2017.
The incidents included 136 boardings, 22 attempted attacks, 16 vessels fired upon and six vessels hijacked.