Sunday, July 17, 2011

21 Ships Are Held Captive By Somali Pirates -- Piracy on the Rise? New book aims to shine light on Somali pirates


Since May 20th, there have been 14 reported incidents on the Red Sea, despite the monsoons, which many hoped would prohibit small attack boat activity.
Currently, a record 21 ships are being held captive off the coast of Somalia.
Captain Pottengal Mukundan, director of the International Maritime Bureau, said a global response would be necessary to secure their release. “What is required are more assets on the water to protect vessels and a proper system of arrest and prosecution of the pirates,” he said. The latter, he added, is unlikely for now given the weakness of the nominal Somali government
Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) lacks the resources to prevent piracy and it does not pay ransoms for captured foreign vessels or crews. In fact, according to Emira Woods of the Institute of Policy Studies, Somali pirates have more power than the fractured U.S.-backed TFG. Additionally, she cautioned that the Somali bandits are likely to become more desperate as foreign Navies box them in.
“The TFG is not seen as a credible force to withstand piracy attacks,” said Woods. “What's worse, the steady shipments of U.S. arms and military equipment are adding to growing anti-American sentiment.”
Analysts say the last two decades of piracy are a response by Somali fishermen to illegal fishing and toxic waste disposal by foreigners off the coast. Although some pirates appears to be developing links with the militant Islamic group al Shabaab, most appear to be displaced fishermen and teenagers unable to survive off the sea.
“The regions where the piracy flourishes saw these attacks start off as local efforts to provide a coast guard,” Woods said. The pirates tend to hold vessels and crews hostage to collect a ransom, rather than rob the cargo.
Many countries have deployed warships to the Indian Ocean in order to thwart attacks. At any given time, there are up to 30 vessels in the water to guard cargo ships passing through, including vessels from the European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Combined Taskforce 151 and companies safeguarding their own cargo.
Not a single African country has sent out warships, something worthy of notice, cautioned Deborah Osiro, an analyst for Nairobi’s Institute for Security Studies. The European Union’s budgeted amount for patrol vessels totaled $450 million in 2009. Safeguarding cargo through the Gulf of Aden costs an estimated $1.3 billion per year, according to RAND Corporation’s piracy expert, Peter Chalk.
The costs to outside nations are mounting. However steep the costs of an armed escort might be, Chalk said cargo vessels continue to sail near Somali shores. The route remains a quicker and cheaper option than alternatives which could take up to 20 extra days and cost an additional $1.5 to $2 million for cargo shipment.
“The risks are not sufficient enough to make it economically worthwhile to bypass the Gulf of Aden,” Chalk said.
When vessels are taken hostage, the shipping companies and cargo owners chose whether or not to pay the ransoms demanded for the boats’ release. Governments have not publicly assisted with ransom payments. Some argue there ought to be a ban on shipmasters paying for the release of their vessels, as ransoms provide money for criminal activities. However, the fees demanded by pirates are less than the wholesale cost of losing cargo. And when boats are not moving, they cannot make money.Stories by Laura Rena Murray
New book aims to shine light on Somali pirates



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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
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Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
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Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
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