Saturday, January 03, 2009

Off the Headlines, But Still a Problem

AFP: New year sees at least five Somalia pirate attacks: IMB Funny how piracy has dropped completely off the news. I know there are other things going on, but is the (admittedly tragic) death of a celebrity's son more important than a threat to global trade? Enough to push that threat off the radar entirely?
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — The first days of 2009 have seen at least five pirate attacks off Somalia, but the bandits are becoming desperate as the international community cracks down, a maritime watchdog said Saturday.

An Egyptian cargo ship with 28 crew on board was hijacked on New Year's Day, while four other vessels were threatened but managed to escape, some with the help of warships and aircraft belonging to nations patrolling the region.
And in another case.
In a sixth incident not yet reported to the IMB, the Danish navy said one of its anti-piracy warships rushed to the rescue of a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden Friday and rescued five pirates after they were forced into the water.
The pirates, sensing a threat to a VERY lucrative operation, are becoming much more aggressive. Things will probably get worse before they get better, but at least something is finally being done. Things may get better in the long run.

That doesn't count the problems in the South China Sea, however.
As recently as December 1, Indonesian pirates attacked a ship off Tioman island in eastern Malaysia’s South China Sea. Three previous attacks were made in the same area.
One step at a time, I guess.

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