Has Piracy Returned to Somali Waters?

Somali pirates have hijacked a Panama-flagged ship. Officials say the ship was traveling from the United Arab Emirates to Mogadishu port when it appeared to develop mechanical problems. At the height of their power in 2011, Somali pirates launched 237 attacks off the coast of Somalia, the International Maritime Bureau says, and held hundreds of hostages. Attacks later sharply subsided, mainly because shipping firms implemented better security protocols.

  • Somalia:   Pirates Hijack Panama-Flagged Ship

    DW, 20 August 2020

    The ship was on its way from the United Arab Emirates to Mogadishu port when it was attacked. Although piracy has decreased in recent years, Somalia's waters are considered… Read more »

Suspected Somali pirates are apprehended by a patrol of the European Union Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR), one of several initiatives to combat piracy against international shipping off the coast of Somalia (file photo).


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