The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (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).
Before 1992, shipmasters and ship operators had nowhere to turn to when their ships were attacked, robbed or hijacked either in port or out at sea. Local law enforcement either turned a deaf ear, or chose to ignore that there was a serious problem in their waters.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) aware of the escalating level of this crimnal activity, wanted to provide a free service to the seafarer and established the 24 hour IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Being non governmental the PRC is not restricted to working only within a particular region or country and hence is capable of being an initial point of contact for the shipmaster to report any incident of piracy, armed robbery or even stowaways - thus initiating the process of response.
The main aim of the PRC is to raise awareness within the shipping industry, which includes the shipmaster, ship-owner, insurance companies, traders, etc, 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 two fold:
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.
The PRC works and shares information with the 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.
Being a trusted point of reporting for worldwide piracy and armed robbery incidents the PRC is able to immediately identify any shift in this criminal activity and alert all concerned parties.
The services of the PRC are free to the industy. The PRC is funded purely on donations. If you acknowledge that the work done by the PRC, in raising awareness of this crime and increasing the safety for seafarers, is essential and required please support it by contributing towards its functions. Donations are acknowledged on the website as well as in the quarterly and annual piracy and armed robbery reports.
CLICK HERE to report an incident to the 24-hour manned Piracy Reporting Centre :
CLICK HERE to download and complete a Piracy & Armed Robbery Report