Pirate attacks surge in West Africa, Singapore and Peru
It was simply seven years in the past that Tom Hanks starred in “Captain Phillips” — a harrowing film a couple of Somali pirate assault off the Horn of Africa.
Since then, piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Sea of Somalia has all however disappeared — there have been no reported attacks in 2019 — however piracy continues… it’s simply moved to less-policed areas.
In keeping with a number of stories, pirates have moved primarily to the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa — preying upon oil tankers, cargo ships and non-public boats.
“Studies of attacks in waters between the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo greater than doubled in 2018, accounting for all six hijackings worldwide, 13 of the 18 ships fired upon, 130 of the 141 hostages taken globally, and 78 of 83 seafarers kidnapped for ransom,” in response to the Worldwide Chamber of Commerce.
Different busy and less-policed delivery lanes round Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines have additionally proved standard — however in a extra disturbing development, pirates have additionally set their sights on Peru.
The nation on the west coast of South America noticed an enormous uptick in 2019 with “incidents rising and theft incidents nonetheless occurring,” in response to a January report from Hellenic Transport Information.
Nevertheless, in contrast to in West Africa and Southeast Asia the place the cargo is price tens of millions, the pirate attacks in Peru are towards smaller “artisanal” fishing boats — the place the crew is robbed of all computer systems, radio gear in addition to private items.
“There’s little to no info — solely hypothesis — regarding why the sudden surge in piracy, who these pirates are, their backgrounds or their causes for coming into Peruvian wartime jurisdiction to assault small-scale fishing vessels,” the Stephenson Ocean Safety Undertaking reported.
To this point this yr, in response to the ICC’s piracy and armed theft map, pirates have continued their assault on Peru and additionally attacked and boarded vessels off the coast of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and close to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
“With a severe lack of legislation enforcement, pirates discover it notably handy to loot in Peruvian waters and goal artisanal fishing vessels given their already weak standing,” the Stephenson report famous.