Friday, March 05, 2010

2010 Piracy Season Opens in East Africa

Promises to be a busy time. Somali pirates, security personnel in 4 shootouts - Yahoo! News
NAIROBI, Kenya – Swarms of Somali pirates are moving into the waters off East Africa, triggering four shootouts Friday including a skirmish with French military personnel that sunk a pirate skiff, officials said.

The end of the monsoon season and the resulting calmer waters signal the beginning of the most dangerous period for ships traveling the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. Nearly half the 47 ships hijacked off Somalia last year were taken in March and April.
I don't expect the NATO effort to have much impact.

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