middle east gulf piracy expected to actively continue for a minimum of 10 years

report (Managing Supply Chain Risk: Understanding Piracy Threat) released from the 4th ‘Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association Supply Chain Conference.’

this year marks a turning point in piracy activities. the number of vessels captured in 2011 compared to 2010 reduced by over 50 per cent and further reductions are expected in the coming years.

however, as the success rate for capturing ships decreases, ransom requests are getting higher and Somali pirates are becoming more aggressive and strategic, said the report… pirates are acting further off the coast of Somalia, and are now in the Gulf of Oman, positioning themselves closer to traffic lanes in search of vessels of opportunity.

piracy is symptomatic of the socio-economic predicament of the Somali nation and eradicating it depends on the economic future of Eastern Africa. ultimately, the long-term solution must include rebuilding the country and providing alternative economic opportunities to “would-be” pirates addressing the root causes of piracy: the impoverished circumstances of many of the actors.

even in the “best-case” scenario, when all measures are successfully implemented, and root-causes are fixed, the real piracy threat is expected to remain for at least the next 10 years.


It would seem remiss not to honor the passing of a former pirate

I need to do a serious resume comparison and start making some improvements.

Thanks for the inspiration.


Am I a pirate or a bandit? quick check

Technically, piracy is an act directed at a private sea/air craft that occurs outside the jurisdiction of any one state (international waters or airspace). Once you have committed such an act, however, you can be declared a pirate for acts within a state that would otherwise be considered kidnapping or banditry. This out-of-state definition means pirates (as “common enemies of all”) can be arrested and detained universally – that is, by any country. Though any one country should be able to prosecute pirates by the same logic, the actual legal logistics are unclear – in part because of freerider, capacity, and diplomacy problems related to the work of bringing a potential pirate to trial and jailing him/her if necessary. “One proposal is to form a regional legal center that would be able to apply its own laws to the cases, interact with foreign navies, and have the capacity to incarcerate convicted pirates in a prison system and to return others safely to their home nations. The US supports such a “piracy chamber,” Mr. [Andrew J.] Shapiro [assistant secretary of state] said.”