Size of Indian Ocean piracy High Risk Area reduced

The round table of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the geographic boundaries of the High Risk Area (HRA) for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced, while stressing that a serious threat remains

Ambrey Risk has produced a useful map, carried below, showing the changes. Piracy off the Horn of Africa has reduced in recent years while on the other side of the continent, in the Gulf of Guinea, attacks have spiked.

The HRA will be adjusted again if and when the situation demands it, the group of shipping organisations stated in a release.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Just odd that the industry and not the naval forces is behind the decision to reduce the size of HRA

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