Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fewer pirate attacks off Somalia in 2012

Fewer pirate attacks off Somalia in 2012 

THE NUMBER of ships captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean has gone down in the first quarter of this year compared to the same time last year.
There were only 27 pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean from January to April, compared with 91 attacks that occurred at the same period last year. The decrease also in pirate success is due to increased use of armed security on board merchant vessels and the presence of foreign navies along the sea route.
According to the latest report by the European Union Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR), the number of hijacked vessels and hostages has gone down as an overall pirate success rate. In the first quarter, the success rate of pirates dropped to 14 per cent last year compared with 27 per cent in 2010 and 28 per cent in 2009. 

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