Somali Pirates making a comeback?
Piracy has been down markedly lately, as this graph shows:
That appears to be coming to at last a temporary end as this video makes clear:
Back in 2005 when I was in lawschool I actually did a paper on maritime piracy, a paper that my professor ended up sending to the Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur that resulted in a preliminary job offer, but honestly I love working here so never followed up on it. But with Somalia in a state of complete disarray (what they call a "failed state") there is a genuine fear that piracy could make a comeback. In this case it appears to be what my platoon sergeant used to say all the time: "Complaceny kills."
In 2010 and 2011, groups of armed Somali men were hijacking merchant vessels off Somalia's coast at an almost daily pace. Thousands of hostages of myriad nationalities were taken, and billions of dollars were lost in ransom, damage and delayed shipments.
The crisis was so severe that a naval task force with more than two dozen vessels from European Union countries, the United States, China, Russia, India and Japan banded together to restore order to one of the world's busiest shipping routes. They largely succeeded. In 2015, there were 17 pirate attacks near Somalia, down from 151 in 2011. Many of those attacks were on smaller fishing boats from nearby countries, mostly by disgruntled Somali fishermen, but not on commercial ships.