World sea piracy down 28 percent

By Vessels

Piracy worldwide dropped 28% in the 1st four months the year as attacks went down in Somalia's waters as a result of international patrols. Pirate attacks intensified, despite that, in Nigeria and Indonesia.
The number of worldwide piracy invasions in January to March count until now 102, down from 142 in the same period year ago, the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur informed. It announced eleven ships were attacked and 212 crew members taken hostage, compared with 18 vessels hijacked and 344 people taken hostage last year.
In Somalia area there were 43 attacks and 9 ships hijackings, in comparison 97 attacks last year.
There is a massive presence of American Patrol Guards.
The European Union Naval Force lately announced it would expand its operation to include Somalia's region and waterways inside the country for the 1st time.
Pirates also seized ten ships off Nigeria in the first 4 months of the year, the same number as the last year.