Saturday, December 28, 2013

Piracy and Vessels Seized in Horn of Africa Down Significantly in 2013 Due to Many Factors

Piracy in the area of the Horn of Africa (HOA) - principally coming from Somalia - has decreased remarkably over the past year. In fact, according to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in a recent report published in December 2013 there were no incidents of vessels hijacked in the HOA area during 2013. At one time piracy in the HOA was a rewarding and sophisticated business. There are many reasons for this sharp decline to include armed guards of vessels transiting the waters near Somalia, naval task forces provided by many nations to patrol the waters, military rescue attempts, a newly established government in Somalia, and the occasional private sector endeavor (see the trailer for a documentary entitled The Project).

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