Piracy Archive 2000-2005 - Archive of reports sent to noonsite by cruisers between 2000 and 2005, relating to piracy, attempted piracy and security around the world.
Piracy Reports 2006 - Reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy Reports 2007 - Reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy Reports 2008 - Reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy Reports 2009 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy Reports 2010 - Reports of attacks or suspicious incidents in 2010 from around the world.
Piracy Reports 2011 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy Reports 2012 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy Reports 2013 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy Reports 2014 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2015 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2016 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2017 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.
While these pages are grouped under "Piracy & Security", they mainly relate to yacht security (in some cases piracy) and include reports on security incidents against yachts and cruisers since 2000, suggestions on basic precautions and security related reports.
Use the above buttons to review the past years of worldwide security incident reports from cruisers. This is not intended to be an all encompassing list of all crimes against yachts in the World, however, may be an indication of your relative safety in a particular country and need for extra precautions.
It is ALWAYS prudent to lock the yacht when you leave for a trip to shore, for a visit to another yacht, or at night when sleeping. Your dinghy and outboard should be treated like you do your car. Lock both at all times with a robust chain and padlock and always raise both out of the water at night.
In addition to reporting an incident to noonsite, it is also important to report to the local authorities. Only if they know what is happening in their jurisdictions can they take steps to stop the activity and to apprehend the criminals.
No other danger has marred the beauty of cruising more than the threat of piracy, whether on the high seas or in coastal waters. Indeed it is a risk that mariners have had to confront for many thousands of years, and continue to do so in certain areas of the world today. Piracy incidents on pleasure boats in recent years have been mercifully few in numbers and restricted predominantly to the Gulf of Aden region, Venezuela and more recently the Philippines.
Gulf of Aden / Indian Ocean Transit
Over the last couple of years, the situation has been improving in the Gulf of Aden, so much so that the High Risk Area was greatly reduced in October 2015.
Noonsite has received reports (see below) from several yachts that have transited the HRA since 2015 on their way to the Red Sea and Med. Some transited independently, others in convoy, and some with private security firms on board.
The coordinated efforts of the Coalition forces and International Maritime and Political bodies have had a very dramatic effect on the levels of piracy since 2011 when there were 237 attempted or actual attacks on ships and yachts. In 2014 there were only 4 attempted attacks on commercial vessels and 2 suspicious sightings.
In 2015 there were no attempted attacks or any suspicious sightings of any vessels. In fact the level of piracy detected is the lowest recorded when in 2006 there were 12 incidents. Authorities took steps to reduce the geographical coverage of the High Risk Area (HRA) and on 1 December 2015 a new set of guidelines were published. The area previously classified as “high risk” now forms only a part of the area called the Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA)
That said the maritime authorities, who are more concerned with attacks on commercial shipping (attacks on pleasure craft not being high priority, or even their responsibility), continue to publish warnings for pleasure craft considering a GOA/Indian Ocean transit. It is hoped that ISAF will revise this warning in light of the HRA being reduced.
LATEST WARNING - AS OF AUGUST 2014
It is, perhaps, more apposite to consider the route a yacht might take to avoid the area of civil unrest in the area. Direct routes from the Maldives to Suakin in the Sudan and Dibjouti have been made in 2015 without encountering any problems and have avoided the potentially dangerous coasts of Aden and Eritrea.
Registering your passage
Two counter piracy organisations monitor and advise shipping in the region. They are UKMTO and MSCHOA (see listings below). Yachts are able to register their passage and route with both organisations as they enter the Voluntary Reporting Area. Details of the e-mail address, contact numbers and forms needed to register are listed in the Counter Piracy publication BMP4. This can be found at http://bit.ly/2ifzmAu. Annex G to BMP4 gives advice for leisure craft - including yachts. Once registered, if you do not have a satellite tracking system such as AIS, you will need to e-mail or phone in your position each day and your progress will be monitored.
If under attack or suspected attack immediately telephone (do not email) UKMTO +971 50 552 3215 with your position.
Both the US and the UK governments have advised against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago due to the high risk of kidnapping of international travellers and the increased threat of maritime kidnappings against small boats.
There are persistent rumours about the danger of pirates in the south of Mindanao and the Sulu Sea and yachts generally avoid this area. General advice seems to be to stay away from the Southern PI, including South Palawan and be careful heading between PI and Malaysia.
A well known marina on Samal Island near Davao in the southern Philippines was stormed by armed men in September 2015 and four yachties were kidnapped. Two of the captives were executed and two were released.
A German cruising couple were abducted by the same terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf, in Sulu from their yacht in November 2016. Jurgen and his partner, Sabine Merz, were attacked resulting in Sabine being killed and Jurgen taken hostage for ransom demands. Jurgen was held for 3 months and executed in February 2017 when the ransom demands were not met.
For details see Noonsite - Philippines.
Last updated February 2017.
The following contacts are for piracy-related organisations and websites worldwide.
Noonsite has a forum for convoys and cruising in company - go here to access the forum. Remember when posting a message to include location and direction in the title (if a convoy, ie: north or south bound). It is also useful to include in your forum posting yacht details, average speed under sail and motor, details of crew, proposed route and dates, present location and a contact email address.
There are a number of convoy related articles linked to this forum, as well as being listed below under "reports".
Gulf of Aden Convoys
Tom Sampson, who organised a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through GOA, comments;
"The need for a convoy as an added form of security against piracy attacks is questionable. When the convoy of 2010 became so large (never intended) then it was hoped that coalition forces might offer some assistance - which they did not. I would not advocate the use of a large convoy and a convoy of any size would not provide security against pirates. However, it would offer mutual support between those in the convoy but this, of course, would apply to any passage of any duration".
Roger Hill of SY Equanimity organised a 3 boat convoy with a security team on board each boat from the Maldives to Sudan in April 2015. Read his report here.
Last updated May 2015.
Troubled Waters - The Global Price of Piracy
Article by Towergate Insurance re. how piracy has changed over the years - June 2015.