The International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) annual report has shown that a total of 191 sea piracy and armed robbery incidents were recorded in 2016. The newly published report revealed that the year witnessed the lowest level of sea piracy since 1998. However, it also showed that 2016 recorded the highest number of crew kidnappings in the last ten years, highlighting a threefold increase in maritime kidnappings compared to 2015. Kidnappings in the Sulu Sea between East Malaysia and the Philippines are of concern. According to IMB, pirates kidnapped 62 people for ransom in 15 separate incidents, over half of which were captured off West Africa, while 28 were kidnapped from tugs, barges, fishing boats, and more recently merchant ships, around Malaysia and Indonesia.