Sunday, August 21, 2011

List of ships attacked by Somali pirates

List of ships attacked by Somali pirates
Piracy off the Somali coast has threatened international shipping since the beginning of Somalia's civil war in the early 1990s. Since 2005, though, pirates have threatened and seized many ships. A list of ships attacked by Somali pirates since that time is catalogued. Since 2005, many international organizations, including the International Maritime Organization and the World Food Programme, have expressed concern over the rise in acts of piracy. Piracy has contributed to a rise in shipping costs and shipping insurance premiums, and impeded the delivery of food aid shipments.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on November 20, 2008, proposed by Britain, introducing tougher sanctions against Somalia over the country's failure to prevent a surge in sea piracy. The Somali government is struggling for control of the country against an Islamic insurgency and its navy is currently in development, leaving it almost powerless to stop piracy.

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