Somalia Pirates go into overdrive, no stopping them now

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Somalia Pirates go into overdrive, no stopping them now

Post by falkor » Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:27 am

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Violent: Armed pirates and their
hostages aboard the French yacht
Tanit, off the coast of Somalia.
By Daily Mail Reporter on 18th January 2011

Pirate kidnappings are on the rise, with a record 1,181 hostages captured during 2010.
Ship hijackings in the waters off Somalia increased the most, according to global maritime watchdog the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Somalia accounted for 92% of kidnappings, with attackers seizing 53 vessels last year - all but four of which were off the coast of Somalia.
'These figures for the number of hostages and vessels taken are the highest we have ever seen,' said Pottengal Mukundan, director of the IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre, which has monitored incidents worldwide since 1991.
'The continued increase is alarming.'

The IMB said the number of pirate attacks on ships globally has risen every year for the past four years, with 445 incidents reported in 2010, up 10 percent from 2009.
In 2006, 188 crew members were taken hostage, rising dramatically to 1,050 by 2009 and 1,181 in 2010.
Last year eight crew members died at the hands of Somali pirates, who are becoming increasingly heavily armed.
Somali pirates are currently holding 31 vessels and 713 crew members of various nationalities after hijacking another four ships so far just this year, said the IMB.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since a dictatorship collapsed in 1991, and an international flotilla of warships patrolling the waters has struggled to prevent hijackings.

The lawless country's position on the Horn of Africa means pirates can use its long coastline to capture ships.

The naval patrols have foiled many attacks, but pirates are moving farther offshore to boost their success in hijackings, explains Mr Mukundan.
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Re: Somalia Pirates go into overdrive, no stopping them now

Post by Self Tapper » Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:28 am

What, no oil in Somalia then? So Team America won't be stepping in then :slbg: I am aware maritime law is very complex but can't help wondering wether armed teams onboard some of the ships concerned are on the way?
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Re: Somalia Pirates go into overdrive, no stopping them now

Post by Easylife » Thu Apr 07, 2011 4:19 pm

They're not pirates .They hav n't got wooden legs !
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Re: Somalia Pirates go into overdrive, no stopping them now

Post by Madra Rhu » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:44 pm

its already a job opportunity Self Tapper. One of the ex squaddies from my old place went for it but changed to CP in USofA for better pay and a longer life expectancy!!! :slbg:
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Re: Somalia Pirates go into overdrive, no stopping them now

Post by Mac » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:01 am

It's rude to stare!

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