What Can Shippers Do Against Pirate Attacks At Sea?

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The shipping industry cannot rely on the navies and traditional law enforcement to protect them from pirate attacks and to hold pirates accountable. Read more on what shippers can do for protection against pirate attacks.




Pirate Ransom Negotiations: Resolving the Paradoxes of Extortionate Transactions with Somali Pirates

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Somali pirates take a very business-like approach to their craft. They attack big ships that can pay. However, after capturing several ships they have learned about what type of ships to target and which ship owner is able or willing to pay ransom money.




Audacious Open-ocean Ambush of Product Tanker in Gulf of Guinea

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A recent piracy attack represents a step change in tactics that could, if repeated, be a game changer in Gulf of Guinea piracy. The pirates made an unsuccessful attempt at boarding a product tanker from the stern, but eventually fell behind as the ship’s master opened the range. Read more inside the article.




Enforcing the Law: An Economic Approach to Maritime Piracy and its Control

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Modern day maritime piracy is a world-wide phenomenon that poses a serious threat to international shipping. An economic approach to the control of maritime piracy is based on the general economic theory of law enforcement that views offenders (pirates) as rational decision makers who would respond to threatened punishments.




Are We Sleepwalking Back to Piracy?

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A shift in US foreign policy based both on changes to the threat landscape and improving domestic energy security could lead to an increase in threats to shipping within eighteen months according to David Hunkin of Dryad Maritime Intelligence.




10 Things to Consider Before Your Ship Enters Piracy Prone Area

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As a maritime professionals working on ships, you are required to be well prepared before entering piracy prone area. Learn about 10 important points that should be considered before entering high risk zone.




The Menace of Maritime Piracy and Somali Pirates – Is There a Solution?

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Maritime piracy has been on the rise with the increasing attacks of Somali pirates along African coastline. As the threat to the lives of seafarers and property increases, everyone wonders if there is way to fight this menace. The world desperately awaits for some concrete anti-piracy solutions.




Top 5 Must-Watch Somali Pirates Movies

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The issue of piracy at sea has inspired several film makers to make movies based on somali pirates and real ship highjacking incidents. Mentioned herein are five such somali pirates movies which make an interesting watch.




Maritime Piracy – After Somalia It’s Western Africa

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While the security threats from sea pirates have considerably reduced off the Coast of Somalia, the growing numbers of maritime piracy incidents along the Western African coast undoubtedly reveal that anti-security measures in the region are extremely scarce.




18 Anti-Piracy Weapons for Ships to Fight Pirates

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Non-lethal anti-piracy weapons are now commonly used on merchant ships plying in piracy affected areas. Learn about some of the famous anti-piracy technologies that are or can be used to fight maritime piracy.




7 Important Shipping Routes Vulnerable To Maritime Piracy

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Maritime piracy is one of the biggest dangers faced by the busiest shipping routes around the world. Find out seven most famous shipping routes vulnerable to maritime piracy.




The Story of Maersk Alabama Container Vessel

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MV Maersk Alabama is a container ship which was put into operation for the very first time in the year 1998 under the Danish registry. The ship is famous for the spate of piracy attacks experienced by her. Know more about its story inside the article.