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Piracy and armed robbery against ships

Piracy: IMO's Response

​IMO has been combating maritime piracy for some time and a series of measures, developed with the co-operation of the littoral States and the support of the industry, helped significantly reduce piracy in the hot spots of the late 1990s and the early 2000s: the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. 
However, the problem has lately manifested itself in other parts of the world, most notably – but not exclusively – off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden and the wider Indian Ocean.


IMO Conference on Capacity building to counter PIracy (15 May 2012)


IMO's work to combat maritime piracy


Resolution A.1044(27) adopted 30 November 2011 on Piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters of the coast of Somalia


Reported incidents of piracy and armed robbery on GISIS Links to quarterly and annual reports
Link to guidance:  

Use of privately contracted armed security personnel  


MSC.1/Circ.1443 Interim guidance to private maritime security companies providing privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships in the High Risk Area

Download interim recommendations related to privately contracted armed security personnel   


Responses received from port and coastal State requirements related to privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP)


Djibouti Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden was signed on 29 January 2009.

Djibouti Code of Conduct: Links to documents and list of signatories


Latest press briefings

Guidance for private maritime security companies agreed by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee 25/05/12

IMO signs strategic counter-piracy capacity building partnerships with UN agencies and EU 17/05/2012 

London Somalia conference welcomed by IMO chief 24/02/2012

Wide-ranging anti-piracy campaign bearing fruit 16/12/2011

IMO Assembly adopts wide range of resolutions 01/12/2011

Piracy centres expand information network 11/11/2011

Regional training centre in Djibouti – foundation stone laid 31/10/2011


Latest speeches

IMO Conference on Capacity Building to Counter Piracy off the Coast of Somalia 15/05/12

ReCAAP ISC PIRACY AND SEA ROBBERY CONFERENCE 2012: Safeguarding Seafarers: A Shared Responsibility 26/04/12

5th International Forum on Maritime and Port Security 31/10/2011

International Conference on Piracy at Sea 17/10/2011





World Maritime Day 2011: "Piracy: orchestrating the response" video message



Piracy photos


World Maritime Day 2011: Piracy: Orchestrating the Response
WMD 2011 papers Message and background paper outlining IMO's work in response to piracy, particularly off the coast of Somalia


Maritime Knowledge Centre

Information Resources on piracy and armed robbery against ships