Somali pirate attacks this year to launch 214-fold increase over last year
4 10, hijacked by Somali pirates and the French cruise ship hostages.
BEIJING, Dec. 31 – While many countries deployed warships in the Gulf of Aden and the coast of Somalia to step up patrols, but Somali pirate attacks on passing ships is increasing, this year launched a total of 214 attacks, than last year nearly doubled.
According to Singapore, “Lianhe Zaobao,” 31 reported that the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Center 29 published data, a total success this year, Somali pirates hijacked 47 vessels, of which 12 vessels and 263 crew members are still being held hostage. Data show that in 2008, Somali pirates launched 111 attacks, and this more than in 2007 nearly 2-fold.
just 28, but also a Greek registered freighter and a British flag hanging chemical transport ship was hijacked.
Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates had run amok, but the EU and the United States, China, Japan, Russia and India and other countries to send warships to patrol and escort for the merchant, after a significant reduction in incidents of piracy attacks on ships. At the same time every day at least 30 ships during the patrol, even to the major holidays when the patrol did not decrease.
Somali pirates now instead of southern Somalia and eastern Gulf of attack, because there is almost no patrolling warships. As with advanced equipment, heavy-duty weapons, larger vessels and more efficient attack boats, the activities of pirates at sea longer, it can be far away from their base in the Indian Ocean tyranny.
piracy reporting center spokesman said, although the owners are now taking more anti-piracy measures, but so far have not heard of the owner arranged armed guards onboard the line. He said: “We do not encourage the owners hired armed guards, because so far no harm to any pirate crew. But every time the pirates opened fire towards the ship, the captain of stopping the threat.”