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Hijacking diminished, thanks to multinational naval missions

Heavy Seas for Somali Pirate

April 2013, Number 04.02

“For international shipping, the waters off the Horn of Africa had become some of the most dangerous in the world. The source of the danger was as old as sea travel, but one thought to have been largely relegated to the past – pirates. By 2008, Somali pirates were hijacking dozens of ships each year, taking hundreds of sailors hostage and raking in tens of millions of dollars in ransom.

But a noticeable drop-off in piracy by the end of 2011 continued to accelerate in 2012, thanks to multinational naval patrols and the use of armed security teams aboard cargo vessels. In October 2012, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre reported a 54 percent decline in attacks compared to the same period in 2011. Eager to avoid a re-emergence of the piracy plague, the international community is determined to see that trend continue...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Heavy Seas for Somali Pirate,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 2, 2013: 40-43.

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