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More reporting and greater awareness leading to increased government reaction is proving a successful strategy in the battle against piracy, says IMB.
A number of fraudulent steel shipments from North Africa have raised the suspicion of the ICC crime watchdog, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB has recently uncovered a number of false bills of lading associated with these trades and is advising banks and traders to exercise caution when conducting business with respect to steel and metal cargoes from ports in and around North Africa.
A recent study conducted by the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), notes that reported piracy attacks world-wide are on the decline. Statistics documented in the latest edition of the Kuala Lumpur-based organisation’s report "Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships" found that the number of attacks through to the end of the 3rd quarter 2006 decreased to 174.