Operation Ocean Shield

  • Approximately 90% of all global trade by volume (and 70% by value) is shipped through roughly 10,000 cargo destinations to markets via the maritime environment.

  • Around 95% of this trade passes through 9 major chokepoints, one of which is the Bab el Mandeb

  • 50% of the worlds containers pass through the Indian Ocean

  • Approximately 22,000 ships per year go through the Gulf of Aden
  • Between 25-35 ships register with MSCHOA each day.  (They register as being in the region which is bigger than our JOA.  These registering ships will not necessarily join a group transit)

 Pirate Attacks 2008 – 2012
 

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Somali Basin     

8 Hijacks

11 Attacks

N/A Disruptions

26 Hijacks

58 Attacks

15 Disruptions

26 Hijacks

68 Attacks

88 Disruptions

4 Hijacks

52 Attacks

52 Disruptions

2 Hijacks

7 Attacks

19 Disruptions

Gulf of Aden (including IRTC)

33 Hijacks

42 Attacks

N/A Disruptions

18 Hijacks

67 Attacks

47 Disruptions

12 Hijacks

33 Attacks

56 Disruptions

1 Hijack

29 Attacks

21 Disruptions

1 Hijack

6 Attacks

6 Disruptions

Arabian Sea

N/A

N/A

N/A

1 Hijack

5 Attacks

N/A Disruptions

7 Hijacks

31 Attacks

3 Disruptions

19 Hijacks

48 Attacks

23 Disruptions

5 Hijacks

10 Attacks

15 Disruptions

 

LEGEND:

Hijack:  - a successful attack outside of territorial waters when pirates are able to board and take control of the vessel

Attack: - an incident where weapons are discharged by pirates or pirate paraphernalia (i.e. ladder, grappling hook) makes contact witht he vessel

Disruption: - any incident where a pirate vessel at sea is prevented from conducting piracy operations due to direct engagement by counter piracy forces