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Reporting maritime crime and security issues such as terrorism and piracy

The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) provides a dedicated 24-hour hotline which boaters are encouraged to contact if they have seen / heard / know of or have any information relating to maritime crime and / or security, including terrorism, piracy, armed robbery, stowaway incidents and other illegal activities. With your help, the IMB PRC can try to minimise the risks and help save lives and property.

The Maritime Security Hotline can be contacted 24 hours a day:

  • Email:
  • Tel: +603 2031 0014
  • Fax: +603 2078 5769

All information received is treated in strict confidence and is passed on to the relevant authorities for further action.

The IMB PRC follows the definition of Piracy as laid down in Article 101 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Armed Robbery as laid down in Resolution A.1025 (26) adopted on 2 December 2009 at the 26th Assembly Session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Report an incident to the 24-hour manned Piracy Reporting Centre.

The boating community is urged to remain vigilant and to avoid navigating through waters in which pirates are known to operate.

Gulf of Aden

All sailing yachts under their own passage should remain out of the High Risk Area or face the risk of being attacked and pirated for ransom.


The SOMALI PIRACY WARNING FOR YACHTS filer has been produced by the Counter Piracy Forces to remind yachtsmen of the real risk they face.

The previously issued piracy guidelines for recreational craft wishing to transit the Gulf of Aden and surrounding sea area, where Somali pirates are known to operated, published by World Sailing remain valid.

The NATO Shipping Centre liaises with the merchant shipping community, its Alert Map is intended to provide an accurate and informative resource regarding NATO Operations. A filter Menu by the top right-hand corner of the map allows the user to filter by all alerts, alerts within the past 7 days, alerts within the past 30 days, alerts within the last 3 months, and previous years’ alerts. The Alert Map is available at: