By: Shayne Heffernan
Somalilandsun – Maritime piracy a front burner issue for governments, shipping companies, cruise lines, energy firms, global conglomerates and for sailors now. And some piracy hot spots are not as “Hot” as they were in the days of old, the criminal phenomenon persists and has spread globally.
When 1st looking at the world’s most dangerous waters in Y 2008, Somalian pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden and coastal Somalia easily dominated as the globe’s most prolific, according to data compiled by the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre. Somalia and the Gulf of Aden still have treacherous waters, but no longer the worst:
Over the last 5 Q’s a new country’s national waters have become the most heavily pirated on earth.
Also changed are the tactics used to combat piracy. National navies have become very active in the fight against piracy, and commercial tankers and cargo vessels increasingly employ armed security; a concept that was rare and even discouraged in many maritime circles as recently as Y 2008.
As may be expected, as greater arms have come to bear against the pirates, the maritime brigands have honed their tactics and beefed up their armament too.
Have a look at the world’s most pirate-infested waters.
Indonesia, 43 Pirate Attacks
Indonesia’s 17,500 islands and their surrounding waters now take the title as the world’s most heavily pirated.
Somalia, 31 Pirate Attacks
Somalian piracy is not as widespread as it was 5 yrs ago, but it’s still a serious problem.
Nigeria 22 Pirate Attacks
Gulf of Aden 10 Pirate Attacks
India 7 Pirate Attacks