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.
With the increase in piracy at the sea, especially around the coast of Somalia, several maritime organizations and defense agencies have started providing online updates on events related to maritime piracy that are taking place around the world. Mentioned herein are twenty eight resources on maritime piracy and Somali pirates.
On 21 April, fishing vessels FV Adria and FV Txori Argi were attacked by suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, 280 NM off the coast of Somalia.
The International Chamber of Commerce IMB’s report for the first quarter of 2019 reveals fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships than the first three months of 2018.
UKHO has presented Security of Navigation, Stabilisation Advice and Training (SONSAT) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles on behalf of the UK Government’s FCO.
The Round Table of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF, representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the geographic boundaries of the ‘High-Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced.
The incidence of crime at sea and in ports, including armed robbery and piracy, continues to pose a threat to seafarers and shipping in many “hot spots”.
Compared to January 2018, there was a 73% decrease in the number of incidents reported in January 2019 (a total of 11 incidents were reported in January 2018).
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.