Covid piracy surge?
The last quarterly report from the International Maritime Bureau shows the negative effects of the Covid-19 on maritime security. There tend to be significant upswings of piracy during times of economic downturn, and the economic devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic is largely to blame for the resurgence of this global menace.
The surge in piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and the Malacca Straits, as recorded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), can be directly linked to flaws in the security management of the ports and shipping lanes amid the expansion of the virus. To counteract this development, the signatory states of maritime security treaties are implementing new policies in order to provide more resilient security against offshore threats.