Piracy still a threat

PMSC union raises concerns over complacency.

Piracy still a threat – maritime security union

In spite of a global drop in maritime piracy, the threat still remains, especially off West Africa and sporadically off the Horn of Africa, according to the World MarSec Union.

Dave Daniel Rachimi, CEO of the World MarSec Union (WMU), noted that there are still occasional acts of piracy along the Yemeni and Omani coastlines, and there has been a significant rise in piracy activity in the Straits of Malacca, as well as in Malaysian and Indonesian waters – the International Maritime Bureau has recorded 133 incidents of piracy and robbery at sea around the world for the first seven months of this year.

Rachimi told defenceWeb that piracy has risen enormously off Nigeria, Benin and Togo. For example, on 9 August a product tanker 200 nautical miles off Nigeria was attacked by up to three pirate boats operating from a suspected mothership. The pirates fired on the vessel and unsuccessfully attempted to board it, according to Dryad Maritime.

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Source: defenceweb.co.za

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