Experts warn of pirate attacks

New High Risk Area introduced today.

Experts warn of pirate attacks as Indian Ocean security level is reduced

By Sarah Townsend

International maritime groups on Tuesday amended the boundaries of a high-risk security zone in the Indian Ocean, in a move expected to streamline trade between India and the Gulf but increase the risk of attacks by Somali pirates.

The reduction of the BMP4 High Risk Area (HRA) – which has been in place since 2012 to indicate piracy-prone waters in response to an increasing number of attacks on trade vessels at that time – came into force on December 1, following intense lobbying by the Indian government.

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