Piracy

38 posts

Countering Somali Piracy – All International Eggs in one Basket?*

* Moderator’s Note: Reprinted with permission from Seaways, Journal of the Nautical Institute, September 2009, pp. 30-31. The focused intervention of foreign naval forces off the coast of Somalia raises as many questions as it answers.  Why Somalia and not Nigeria or Indonesia?  Why so much emphasis on treating it […]

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Hostage Taking Off the Horn

A revealing story was published recently by Spiegel Online that detailed the aborted attempt of an elite group of German GSG-9 police to take back the German container ship, MV Hansa Stavenger, which had been hijacked by Somali pirates.  You can read the lengthy piece of investigative journalism for yourself […]

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An interesting press release from the US HQ in Bahrain

See: “New Counter-Piracy Task Force Established.” There are several interesting components to this. The first is organizational: “Some navies in our coalition did not have the authority to conduct counter-piracy missions,” said Vice Adm, Bill Gortney, CMF Commander. “The establishment of CTF-151 will allow those nations to operate under the […]

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Questions of liability complicate offers of security forces

Lloyd’s List news service is reporting that the European Union is forming “vessel protection detachments” which will be offered free of charge in an effort to counter pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden.   This move follows an earlier move by France.  World Food Programme ships will be offered the […]

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Backgrounder – Piracy and the United States Navy

The backgrounder “Piracy and the United States Navy” by Peter M. Swartz and Christine Fox can be found here. The document presents the argument that the most effective means of countering piracy throughout history has been direct attacks against their bases of operation.  While escort of shipping and patrolling have […]

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How will Canada respond to new developments?

The spectacular increase in number and importance of the ships seized by Somali pirates now rates many daily commentaries in the press.  Such increased attention paid to their actions and the mounting economic consequences has spurred the United Nations into action. On Tuesday, December 2nd, the Security Council unanimously passed […]

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