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Somali Piracy: Resetting the Stage?

A series of attacks in 2015 may serve as an indication that the stage is being set for piracy’s return off the coast of Somalia, says Oceans Beyond Piracy. The organization has released a video on YouTube.

“At least nine merchant vessels, five dhows, and one fishing vessel reported being approached or attacked by Somali pirates. The five dhows were all successfully hijacked by pirates,” states Oceans Beyond Piracy in a statement.

“While these incidents may serve as an indication that Somali pirates retain the capability and intent to return to piracy, it is not clear what that might look like. Though it is unknown if a return of Somali piracy would resemble the same pattern as in years past, Somali pirates remain a serious threat to the wellbeing of seafarers.”

Oceans Beyond Piracy is a project of the One Earth Future Foundation, a privately funded and independent non-profit organization located in the U.S.

Earlier this year, the organization released a video about piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. “While coastal states in the Gulf of Guinea have taken steps to increase their naval capacity, resulting in a few high profile arrests and a reduction in the number of hijacking for cargo theft, they have failed to establish effective systems for prosecution,” states Oceans Beyond Piracy. “This coupled with a lack of accurate reporting has resulted in a situation where pirates are able to operate with relative impunity.”

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Source Article: By MarEx 2016-04-27 19:19:03