The increase of piracy in Somalia has been a result of several internal and external factors affecting the region. Find out the main causes of piracy in Somalia and ways to reduce its effects on shipping.
Somalia has more than 3,300 km of coastline, the longest and perhaps the most geographically significant in the Horn of Africa, four main commercial seaports and about five minor ports. But plagued by decades of civil war, a lot of effort is required to rebuild the sector.
Two of ten Somali pirates- Hussein Carab M and Abdi Yussuf K- arrested by the Royal Dutch Navy special- forces were up on trial at a court in Hamburg.
On 23rd February at 0030 local time, the Motor Tanker Leopard Sun was attacked by two skiffs 160 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.
Somalia has become the 14th signatory to the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct – the instrument developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.
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.
On Saturday 25th March the Italian Navy Maestrale class frigate, ITS Espero, joined the EU Naval Force off the coast of Somalia.
The EU Naval Force, which is currently operating off the coast of Somalia, has received positive confirmation from the master of the Comoros-flagged tanker, Aris 13, that his ship and crew are currently being held captive by a number of suspected armed pirates in an anchorage off the north coast of Puntland, close to Alula.
Indonesia fears piracy on a shipping route along its sea border with the Philippines could reach Somalian levels and has told vessels to avoid danger areas, officials said on Thursday, after a spate of kidnappings.