Control Risks issues piracy warning
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Security Consultants Warn Container and Cargo Ships of Increased Pirate Activity off Somalia
Security analysts and consultants group Control Risks has reported that 17 incidents of piracy and armed robbery attempts off the Horn of Africa by Somali pirate groups have been perpetrated so far this year. The group warns that they believe that this increase demonstrates the renewed intent of Somali pirates to target container, cargo and passenger ships operating in the region.
Between April and May there were five attempted hijacks of vessels, which included two cargo bulk carriers, a chemical tanker, and a combined chemical and oil tanker. There were also at least eight approaches reported by merchant vessels. Control Risks state that this spike in incidents serves as a reminder to vessel operators to not reduce security measures and best practices on their vessels.
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