Pirate Attacks in 2011

There were 439 reported attacks of piracy at sea in 2011, down from the 445 cases reported in 2010.

A total of 802 crew members were held hostage and 45 vessels were hijacked in 2011. The figures from 2011 were lower than the 1,181 hostages and 53 vessels hijacked in 2010.

Pirates from Somali accounted for 237 attacks, or 54 percent of all pirate attacks in 2011.

Source: Associated Press, “World sea piracy drops in 2011 for the first time in five years, attacks in Somali intensify,” Washington Post, January 18, 2012.