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.
Pirates of Somalia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SaveOurSeafarers releases a dramatic video depicting the effects of Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean. The video shows the trauma involved with the piracy attacks but also the economic costs of the rising threat to the maritime industry.
The Indian cargo ship, which was hijacked by Somali pirates, with 11 crew members on board, has been moved to an undisclosed location until the ransom demands are met, according to Reuters.
The EU Naval Force (Somalia) has confirmed that fuel tanker Aris 13 and her crew are now en route to a safe port on the north coast of Somalia after armed pirates, who had been holding the crew since Monday 13 March 2017, departed the ship.