Piracy is a growth industry. There has not been a serious coordinated crackdown from the start so several areas of the maritime world are seeing a rise in activity. Just this week the following incidents were reported by ONI :
- Alexandria inner anchorage
- South of Suez
- Port Harcourt coast
- Kas Hilf, Masirah Island, Oman * see map
- Dumai Port anchorage
In addition to these attacks over 300 of our fellow seafarers remain captive of pirates off the coast of Somalia. While Armed Guard Detachments on board are not a guarantee of absolute safety they are an effective means of defense. Extreme prejudice is really the only option.