Piracy

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The Danish Shipowners’ ‘call to arms’ against piracy

The Ports and Ships website is reporting that the Danish Shipowners’ Association has officially requested the Danish government to “lower the threshold” for placing armed security guards onboard Danish vessels.  Currently, they are only allowed to do so in what is termed “extreme circumstances.”  The increasing risks associated with piracy […]

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Killing Pirates: The Dilemma of Counter-Piracy by Sam Bateman*

*This article by Sam Bateman was released on 26 January as Report No. 6/2011 by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.  Mr. Bateman is a Senior Fellow in the Maritime Security Programme at RSIS, Nanyang Technological University. He is a former Australian naval commodore with research interests […]

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EU NAVFOR Admits Piracy Problem Far Greater Than Reported

This article from Ecoterra International was released on 27 January as part of their ongoing series entitled “Status of Seized Vessels and Crews in Somalia, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.”  The reports can be found on the Australian News website at this URL: http://www.australia.to, under the “Ecoterra” […]

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Somali pirates’ eastward expansion by Ben West*

*Moderator’s Note: An article entitled was released on 6 December by Strategic Forecasts [STRATFOR].  STRATFOR analyst Ben West examines the reasons why Somali pirates have increasingly looked to the Indian Ocean for hijacking targets.  My thanks to CFPS Research Fellow Dr. Stan Weeks for bringing this article to my attention.  […]

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The ‘Global Spill-over Effect’ of lawlessness at sea

An article entitled “Piracy sidelines Third of Taiwan’s Indian Ocean tuna fleet” (no longer available form on-line source), released on 26 November by AFP details the plight of fishermen operating in the Indian Ocean.  Taiwan has reported to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (ICCAT) that […]

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Private contractors to train Somali anti-pirate forces?

An article by Jason Lewis, entitled “Paul and Rachel Chandler: British mercenaries hired to take on Somali Pirates,” in the 20 November issue of The Telegraph claims that the U.K. government is preparing to pay a private contractor to employ British ex-special forces personnel to train and assist Somalis: “Acting […]

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New statistics from IMB reinforce existing trends, show new ones

The statistics on piracy attacks for the first and second quarters of 2010 have been released.  They contain data that shows the Somali pirates are expanding their capabilities to conduct long-range operations and avoid the multinational naval force patrols. The first two quarters of 2010 have resulted in 196 incidents […]

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Is it coming down to ‘Crunch Time’?

Gordon Lubold of the Christian Science Monitor (CSMonitor.com) quotes Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa, in a report on 19 April as saying the problems of piracy off the coast of Somalia are growing and that the USN cannot continue these costly […]

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