Searching for a Somali Coastguard

The latest in the MSR Viewpoint series focuses on the difficulties in forming an efficient Somali Coastguard.

Maritime Security Consultant James M. Bridger has analysed the problems over the past years and his account and conclusions make particularly interesting reading.

Searching for a Somali Coastguard

By James M. Bridger

The Somali pirate business model has been dealt a severe blow by the combined efforts of international naval operations, the shipping industry’s implementation of best management practices, and the increased use of armed guards aboard vessels.

Having failed to hijack and ransom a commercial vessel in over 20 months, pirate gangs are now diversifying into other illicit ventures such as arms smuggling and protection services for illegal fishing fleets.

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