Moving Targets

The opportunist nature of maritime crime and piracy. 

Moving Targets

Fighting piracy these days is like playing Whack-a-Mole. When you contain it in one place it pops up in another.

Kayla Turner

Pirates have been terrorizing mariners for centuries, but in recent months their frequency and scope have shifted and have many in the maritime industry again concerned. In June the U.N. declared that the epicenter of pirate activity had moved from Somalia to the waters off Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia) and West Africa (Nigeria).

As piracy shifts from place to place, international efforts to contain it are faced with increased challenges. As of mid-August there was a total of 147 reported incidents in 2014 according to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center.

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