Is piracy still a threat?

IoR still unsafe for yacht traffic.

Is piracy still a threat?

The superyacht industry is often told to ignore worries over piracy in most areas where yachts would be likely to transit, in particular the Indian Ocean, and to brush it of as unnecessary media hype spurred on by security services hoping to secure more business. We speak to Adrian McCourt, managing director of Watkins Superyachts, to get a frank assessment of the situation and whether piracy is a real threat to the yachting industry.

“We do not consider events in West Africa to feature on the yacht captain’s worry list,” says McCourt, explaining that recent media reports portray a sharp rise of incidents in the area. “Although we do recognise the brutality being experienced by unfortunate seafarers to far exceed the normal practice of those incidents in Somalia.

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Source: thecrewreport.com

 

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