International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB-PRC)

Naval Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Industry Response

Ongoing activity
  • The International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB-PRC), established in 1992, maintains a round-the-clock watch on the world’s shipping lanes, reporting pirate attacks to local law enforcement and issuing warnings about piracy hotspots to shipping (link)
  • The main aim of the IMB-PRC is to raise awareness within the shipping industry of the areas of high risk associated with piratical attacks or specific ports and anchorages associated with armed robberies on board ships.
  • The main function of the PRC is twofold: (1) To be a single point of contact for ship Masters anywhere in the world who are under piratical or armed robbery attack. The information received from the Masters is immediately relayed to the local law enforcement agencies requesting assistance. (2) The information received from the ship Masters is immediately broadcast to all vessels in the Ocean region - thus providing vital information and increasing the Masters domain awareness. (link).

Plight of Seafarers

Ongoing activity
  • The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre receives reports following incidents of piracy as a result of the Declaration Condemning Acts of Violence Against Seafarers

Messaging and Advocacy

Ongoing activity
  • The IMB issues global piracy reports, highlighting the violence that takes place at sea and in the Gulf of Guinea. Reports on Piracy are offered by the IMB free of charge here.
  • The Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report website provides information about recent piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea
  • The IMB mission statement notes the importance of reporting piracy and armed robbery at sea incidents to law enforcement, collating and disseminating information on piracy in all parts of the world, providing updates on pirate / armed robbery activity via the internet, providing access to the live piracy online map, and publishing quarterly and annual reports detailing piracy statistics.

Regional Capacity

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Rule of Law

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Coordination

Ongoing activity
  • International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Center (IMB-PRC) works and shares information with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), various governmental, inter-governmental and law enforcement agencies including all industry bodies in an attempt to understand the nature of this crime and reduce its effects to crew, vessel and cargo. The IMB-PRC also coordinates with all vessels in the ocean region by alerting the vessels of any pirate activity within the region.