pirates are ‘thriving’ – IMB sees 14% increase in attacks

African militants in speed boat offshore

The IMB reports on a sharp increase in the number or piracy attacks. The BBC tells us:

The increase is in large part because of a jump in incidents off the west and east coasts of Africa – with Somalia again a key source of concern.

The IMB advises merchant ships to stay at least 200 nautical miles from the Somali coast.

The UK-based global watchdog, which comes under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, says the pirates appear to be using “mother vessels” to launch smaller boats well out to sea. Read More…

The numeric rise in incidents is not the only problem. EagleSpeak reports on acts of cruelty being perpetrated by Somali pirates (LINK). What’s being done about the problem? NATO has considered active protection of ships near Somalia and France has offered to protect the Word Food Program’s ships in the area. Otherwise, not much.

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