piracy in the 21st century


  • [7] According to the Control Risks Group, pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea had by mid-November 2013 maintained a steady level of around 100 attempted hijackings in the
    year, a close third behind Southeast Asia.

  • [9] In 2012, the International Maritime Bureau, Oceans Beyond Piracy and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program reported that the number of vessels attacks by West
    African pirates had reached a world high, with 966 seafarers attacked during the year.

  • [22] According to the Control Risks Group, pirate attacks in the Strait of Malacca had by mid-November 2013 reached a world high, surpassing those in the Gulf of Guinea.

  • Since March 2016, the Information Sharing Centre (ISC) of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) reports a
    total of 86 abuctions,[25] leading to the issue of a warning for ships transpassing the area.

  • [19] By December 2013, the US Office of Naval Intelligence reported that only 9 vessels had been attacked during the year by the pirates, with zero successful hijackings.

  • Piracy in the Indian Ocean has been a threat to international shipping since the beginning of the Somali Civil War in the early 1990s.

  • [7][8] Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea are often part of heavily armed criminal enterprises, who employ violent methods to steal oil cargo.

  • [20] Control Risks attributed this 90% decline in pirate activity from the corresponding period in 2012 to the adoption of best management practices by vessel owners and crews,
    armed private security onboard ships, a significant naval presence, and the development of onshore security forces.

  • The presence of a security team caused the pirates to turn around and abandon the attack.

  • [18] According to the International Maritime Bureau, pirate attacks had by October 2012 dropped to a six-year low, with only one ship attacked in the third quarter compared
    to thirty-six during the same period in 2011.

  • The pirates in this area also attack ships during the night.

  • MV Prantalay 11, 12, and 14 (Commercial fishing boat): 2010, The attack took place near the EEZ of India; however, the pirates took the boats and fisherman back to Somalia.

  • Waters Caribbean[edit] Further information: Piracy off the coast of Venezuela Gasoline smuggling in the Limón River, Zulia state, Venezuela Due to the crisis in Bolivarian
    Venezuela, issues of piracy returned to the Caribbean in the 2010s, with the increase of pirates being compared to piracy off the coast of Somalia due to the similar socioeconomic origins.

  • The ship was recovered by Filipino authorities two weeks later, following the arrest of the pirates.

  • [8] As of 2014, pirate attacks in West Africa mainly occur in territorial waters, terminals and harbours rather than in the high seas.

  • [16] Combined Task Force 150, a multinational coalition task force, took on the role of fighting the piracy by establishing a Maritime Security Patrol Area (MSPA) within the
    Gulf of Aden and Guardafui Channel.

  • [1] In 2016, former fishermen became pirates, appearing in the state of Sucre, with attacks happening daily and multiple killings occurring.

  • [4][5] While the events have been referred to colloquially as piracy, all the waters of Falcon Lake are considered either US or Mexican territorial waters and therefore are
    not technically piracy under Article 101 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

  • Piracy in the 21st century (commonly known as modern piracy) has taken place in a number of waters around the world, including the Gulf of Guinea, Strait of Malacca, Sulu
    and Celebes Seas, Indian Ocean, and Falcon Lake.

  • Jasper (Cargo): March 9, 2001, Looted of $11,000 off the coast of Kosichang, Thailand by what was suspected to be members of a Thailand organized crime organization.

  • [11] Indian Ocean[edit] Main article: Piracy in Somalia Extent of pirate attacks on shipping vessels in the Indian Ocean between 2005 and 2010.

  • Security personnel returned fire when the pirates started firing at the ship.

  • [11] Sulu and Celebes Seas[edit] Main article: Piracy in the Sulu and Celebes Seas Sulu and Celebes Sees The Sulu and Celebes Seas, a semi- enclosed sea area and porous region
    that covers an area of space around 1 million square kilometres,[23] have been subject to illegal maritime activities since the pre-colonial era[24] and continue to pose a maritime security threat to bordering nations up to this day.


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