Not so long ago, hijackings by Somali pirates were a daily part of the headlines. But this year no attacks were reported in east African waters, according to data from the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization.
After doubling in just a few years, global piracy has quickly returned to levels similar to those from before the crisis began.
This decline is primarily the result of a surge in naval activity by the US and Europe that ended hijackings in 2012. Attacks that did not result in a hijacking had continued in smaller numbers until this year.
Note: Due to inconsistencies in the dataset, the map above does not include every attack reported to the IMO. Attacks without a latitude and longitude are omitted from the map, but included in the chart.