Preliminary reports from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), whose Commercial Crime Services division monitors worldwide maritime piracy, indicates reported piracy incidents are more or less holding steady. From the infographic contained in this post we see that attacks against ships have climbed over the past four years. According the ICC, in 2016 reported attacks […]
Oil theft on the rise in the Niger Delta.
July 2013 Governer Seriake Dickson of the Bayelsa State in South Nigeria recently spoke to media about the threat of oil theft in the Niger Delta. He said that many militant groups use oil theft to finance their violent campaigns in the region. Dikson spoke of his concern for the rising complexity of these organizations that engage in oil theft and […]
What Happened to Somalia’s Pirates?
May 2013 May 10th, 2013 marked a full year in which not a single ship was hijacked by Somali pirates. What has happened to these once numerous marauders of the Indian Ocean? Beginning in 2005 and making a measly $315,000 ransom for a vessel named Feisty Gas, the number of incidents and the sum of ransom […]
What is a pirate?
May 2013 With the capture of so many Somalis associated with piracy off the coast of the Horn of Africa, many legal conundrums have come up. One of the more interesting involves the case of Mohammad Saaili Shibin, who served as a ransom negotiator, brokering deals between shipping companies and pirates who were demanding steep ransoms for […]
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