Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia doubled last year compared to the year before, indicating that pirates in the Horn of Africa are still capable of sophisticated attacks, a maritime organization has said.
One Earth Future said in a report to be released on 23 May that the number of piracy incidents doubled off the coast of East Africa in 2017 compared to 2016.
The new report looks at the economic impact of piracy in the Western Indian Ocean Region, the Gulf of Guinea, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
“Pirate activity in 2017 clearly demonstrates that pirate groups retain their ability to organize and implement attacks against ships transiting the region,” says Maisie Pigeon, the report’s lead author.
“There are now a wide range of threats to shipping near the Horn of Africa that have been complicated by the conflict and instability in Yemen,” says Phil Belcher, Marine Director of INTERTANKO. “We are advising our members to consider a more comprehensive security assessment to take into account other threats beyond traditional piracy emanating from the regional conflict in Yemen.”
One Earth Future is a private operating foundation which focuses on enhancing maritime cooperation, creating sustainable jobs in fragile economies and research which actively contributes to thought leadership on global issues.
Here are the stats for East Africa piracy incidents in 2017. pic.twitter.com/YXRxiVc2ve
— One Earth Future (@OEForg) May 21, 2018
Piracy off the Somali coast – usually for ransom – had dropped significantly in recent years, in part because of extensive international military patrols as well as support for local fishing communities.